Operant-contingency-based preparation of children for functional magnetic resonance imaging.

TitleOperant-contingency-based preparation of children for functional magnetic resonance imaging.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSlifer KJ, Koontz KL, Cataldo MF
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume35
Issue2
Pagination191-4
Date Published2002 Summer
Abstract

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to study brain function during behavioral tasks. The participation of pediatric subjects is problematic because reliable task performance and control of head movement are simultaneously required. Differential reinforcement decreased head motion and improved vigilance task performance in 4 children (2 with behavioral disorders) undergoing simulated fMRI scans. Results show that behavior analysis techniques can improve child cooperation during fMRI procedures.

Alternate JournalJ Appl Behav Anal