Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Operant contingencies and “near-money”

Simon Kemp a1 and Randolph C. Grace a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

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We make two major comments. First, negative reinforcement contingencies may generate some apparent “drug-like” aspects of money motivation, and the operant account, properly construed, is both a tool and drug theory. Second, according to Lea & Webley (L&W), one might expect that “near-money,” such as frequent-flyer miles, should have a stronger drug and a weaker tool aspect than regular money. Available evidence agrees with this prediction.

(Published Online April 5 2006)