Operant-contingency-based preparation of children for functional magnetic resonance imaging

Keith J. Slifer, Kristine L. Koontz, Michael F. Cataldo

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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to study brain function during behavioral tasks. The participation of pediatric subjects is problematic because reliable task performance and control of head movement are simultaneously required. Differential reinforcement decreased head motion and improved vigilance task performance in 4 children (2 with behavioral disorders) undergoing simulated fMRI scans. Results show that behavior analysis techniques can improve child cooperation during fMRI procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Behavioral pediatrics
  • Differential reinforcement
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Motion control
  • Performance accuracy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology


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