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Satiation

Satiation is the condition that exists when a consequence has lost its effect on behavior. Satiation is usually described in relation to reinforcement. However, the condition can also occur with aversive consequences (see the “Complications and Cautions” section).

Description of the Strategy

Satiation can be used as a specific behavior reduction strategy, although its applications are fairly limited. When applied as a strategy to reduce behavior, satiation involves providing unlimited access to a reinforcer that has been shown to maintain problematic behavior. Access to the reinforcer must be provided independently of and prior to the occurrence of the problematic behavior. This procedure essentially eliminates any motivation to engage in the problematic behavior, because such behavior is not needed to obtain the reinforcer. Research ...

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