Behavior analysis of motion control for pediatric neuroimaging

J Appl Behav Anal. Winter 1993;26(4):469-70. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1993.26-469.


Magnetic resonance imaging is a promising technological advance used for research and diagnosis of disease. The procedure has no risks, except when uncooperative patients require sedation. Four normal children participated in simulated scans to study the effects of (a) antecedent changes in the imaging environment and (b) operant conditioning of movement inhibition. Changing the environment can decrease movement, but operant contingencies were necessary to decrease movement to a level that, in most cases, would allow the procedure to occur without sedation.

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Feedback
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Imitative Behavior
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / psychology*
  • Male
  • Motor Activity*
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Social Environment