Date of Award

8-1-2016

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

Contemporary behavior therapies targeting intact human language and advanced cognition utilize a range of mid-level terms to describe their processes. Values and the desired outcome of valued living are examples of this terminology that require further research to explain the complex networks involved. This study aims to evaluate a potential correlation between values and social discounting, an already empirically supported principle of behavior. This would provide valuable insight into influencing patterns of behavior. The results did not demonstrate a strong correlation between the hyperbolic discount function or area under the curve with scores from the Valued Living Questionnaire (VLQ). However, moderate correlations were demonstrated between these measures of social discounting and the domains of Family, Marriage, and Community suggesting some components of the VLQ could be related to social discounting.

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