Date of Award

5-1-2019

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

The present study used probability discounting procedures to measure impulsivity levels of the participants within an academic setting and while in a relationship. Participants for this study were forced to make the choice between hypothetical cheating behavior within an academic setting and engaging in sexual experience with a stranger, while in a committed relationship. The probability of getting caught in each scenario varied across conditions. Twenty-nine graduate students participated in the current study. Results from the current study showed that participants were more willing to cheat in school than to cheat on their spouse. A R2 value of .88 was produced from the hyperbolic curve. For the academic survey, the participants mean AUC was M=0.525 (range .001 to .667). For the sexual experience survey, the participants mean AUC value was M=0.95 (range .61 to.95).

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