The cumulative differential effects of reward and punishment on the performance of schizophrenic and normal subjects.
Aisenberg, Ruth B.
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According to Jenkins' theory, schizophrenia is occasioned by frustration which exceeds the individual's tolerance. One initiated, the schizophrenic's maladaptive behavior results in further frustration which leads to even more maladaptive behavior and is thus responsible for the regressive process of schizophrenic disorganization. Jenkins states that the process is reversible: Reward can bring about a recession of the symptoms. The results of existing studies of the effects of reward and punishment on schizophrenic behavior are conflictual. The present experiment is an attempt to test Jenkins' theory as it applies to this problem. [TRUNCATED]
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Boston University
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