Date of Graduation

Summer 2020


Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis



Committee Chair

Michael Clayton


Cell phone usage, class participation, interdependent group contingencies, college students, multiple baseline research design

Subject Categories

Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology


Students face distractions in their learning environments. This is true for all students, including college students. One such distraction for college students can be their cell phones. The purpose of this study was to decrease cell phone usage of college students in class using an interdependent group contingency with a multiple baseline research design across three classes. The study also collected data on class participation to discover if decreases in distraction might lead to increased class participation. Results of this study provide evidence to support the use of an interdependent group contingency to decrease student cell phone usage in class. During intervention, student cell phone usage decreased while class participation remained unchanged. These findings may prove useful to instructors in their quest to reduce student distractions and promote learning.


© Heather R. Becker

Open Access