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Debra Spear

Abstract

This study examined how feedback affects choice behavior in public and private spheres. Seventy-five undergraduate students (19 men,56 women) participated. Two conditions were presented on a concurrent schedule of MIXED VR30-FR1. Under Condition 1, 5 points were awarded after completing theVR30. Following the FRl, 0-4 points were subtracted and participants received negative feedback. Under Condition 2, 1pointwas awarded following completion of the VR30. Participants received an additional 1point and positive feedback following the FRl. The private group wore headphones; the public group had feedback broadcasted in public. The presupposition that feedback in public would cause more responding in the second condition was not supported. There were significant differences between choice behavior in men and women.

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