Date of Award

5-1-2017

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF BRIAN M. GALL, for the Master of Science degree in BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AND THERAPY, presented on April 7th, 2017, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: YOUR WORLD OFFENDS ME: A STUDY OF DISCOUNTING SENSITIVE SOCIETAL PROSCRIPTIONS MAJOR PROFESSOR: Dr. Mark R. Dixon The present study used delay, probability and social discounting procedures to determine relationships of impulsive choice behaviors pertinent to relevant attitudes on sex, religion, and politics. Participants were presented with discounting choices in reference to hypothetical monetary outcomes coupled with separate metrics for measuring religious attitudes, political attitudes, and sexual attitudes. Thirty-three participants took part in the study; however, the data from 9 participants were excluded based on a priori exclusion criteria. The data showed there was significant relationship between AUC and sexual attitudes on the birth control subscale (n(24)=.047, p<.05). A significant relationship was also shown between delay k and communion (n(24)=.017, p<.05). A significant relationship was shown between social AUC and permissiveness (n(24)=.036, p<.05). The relationship indicates that sexual attitudes are correlated at a steeper level of discounting than with political attitudes and religious attitudes. Significant relationships were also shown between various attitudes with implications for further understanding of impulsivity and attitudes.

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