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    • Kickin’ the Caffeine Buzz
      Psychology 6710
      Mindy Newhouse
      Dr. Malott
      8/13/10
    • Problem
      I was averaging three caffeinated beverages a day.
      All that iced tea and Dr. Pepper was giving me headaches.
      Even though I knew it was bad for my health, I couldn’t stop guzzling that caffeine.
    • The good taste of my preferred caffeinated beverages kept me pouring those drinks into my mouth.
      The good taste controlled my caffeine-consuming behavior better than the effects of that caffeine on my health did.
      Competing Contingencies
    • Natural Competing Contingency
      BEFORE
      AFTER
      BEHAVIOR
      Good taste
      No good taste
      Drink one
      caffeinated
      beverage
    • Target behavior: Drink no more than two caffeinated beverages per week
      Intervention: Pay $2 for each beverage over my limit for the week
      Contingencies: analog to punishment (loss of $2)
      Deadline (SD): N/A
      PM manager: Ashley – roommate/best friend/brother’s girlfriend/almost-sister
      Start Date: 6/20/10
      End Date: still going!
      The SM Intervention
    • Ineffective Natural Contingency
      BEFORE
      AFTER
      BEHAVIOR
      Inf. Worse
      level of
      health
      Given level
      of health
      Drink one
      caffeinated
      beverage
    • Performance-Management Contingency
      BEFORE
      AFTER
      BEHAVIOR
      Will lose
      $2 at the
      end of the
      week
      Will not lose
      $2 at the
      end of the
      week
      Drink one
      caffeinated
      beverage
    • Inferred Theoretical Contingency
      BEFORE
      AFTER
      BEHAVIOR
      Fear loss of
      $2 at the
      end of the
      week
      Do not
      fear loss of
      $2 at the
      end of the
      week
      Drink one
      caffeinated
      beverage
    • Target Behavior Graph
    • I no longer get headaches everyday from caffeine deprivation.
      I no longer get bloated from too much Dr. Pepper.
      I feel more energetic throughout the day, with none of the bursts of energy followed by a crash that I experienced during my caffeine-guzzling days.
      Benefit Measure
    • I consistently met my goal of no more than two caffeinated beverages per week, but I thought it would be even cooler to have zero caffeinated beverages per week so...
      Problems During Intervention
    • Recycle
      I changed my goal to zero caffeinated beverages per week!
    • During my first intervention phase, I met my goal every week
      After I changed my goal to zero, there was only one week for which I did not meet my goal
      Overall, I considered this to be a very successful intervention
      My Results
    • Before starting this class, I tried to kick my caffeine habit several times, but had no success without adding performance management.
      Now, I feel healthier, and happier knowing that I have finally achieved this goal.
      My Comments
    • THANK YOU!!
      Any Questions or
      Comments?