The effect of embedded bonus rounds on slot machine preference
Twenty-three university students completed a simulated slot machine task involving the concurrent presentation of two slot machines that were varied both in win density and the inclusion of a bonus round feature to evaluate the effect of embedded bonus rounds on participant response allocation. The results suggest that participants allocated a greater percentage of responses to machines with embedded bonus rounds across both dense (Bonus: M = 68.4, SD = 19.2; No Bonus: M = 51.2; 9.6) and lean (Bonus: M = 48.8, SD = 9.6; No Bonus: M = 31.6, SD = 19.2) reinforcement schedules, in which the overall reinforcement rate across all machines was held constant.
Bonus rounds, gambling, reinforcement, slot machine
Belisle, Jordan, Kelti Owens, Mark R. Dixon, Albert Malkin, and Sam D. Jordan. "The effect of embedded bonus rounds on slot machine preference." Journal of applied behavior analysis 50, no. 2 (2017): 413-417.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis