The Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) as a measure of verbal stimulus relations in the context of condom use

Cummins, Jamie, Tyndall, Ian, Curtis, Amy and Roche, Bryan (2018) The Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) as a measure of verbal stimulus relations in the context of condom use. The Psychological Record. pp. 1-9. ISSN 0033-2933

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The Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST) has shown recent evidence as an effective tool for the quantification of stimulus relatedness. The current study assessed the potential of the FAST in measuring the effects of the presentation of positively- or negatively valenced messages on relatedness between stimulus relations with regard to safe sex behavior, namely condom use. Fifty-one participants were assigned to one of three conditions that comprised of valenced message interventions regarding impact of condom use on enjoyment of sexual behavior (each condition n = 17): a Positive-message Condition, a Negative-message Condition, or a No-message Control Condition. A significant Strength of Relation (SoR) score was found across Positive and Negative FAST test trials in the Positive-message Condition only, with no significant differences in SoR scores observed for either the Negative-message or Control conditions. These data suggest that the FAST may have utility as a sensitive behavioral tool for measuring changes in stimulus relations concerning safe-sex behavior on the basis of brief message interventions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ12 Sexual life > HQ19 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality
Divisions: Departments > Psychology and Counselling
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Depositing User: Ian Tyndall
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 11:35
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2019 00:10

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