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PSY 310 Week 2 notes

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PSY 310 Week 2 notes psy 310-03

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These are the notes for the second week of class for PSY 310
Behavior Modification
Dr. Cornelius
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Psychology, Behavior Modification
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Date Created: 01/24/16
Psychology 310 Week 2 of Notes▯ Ethical considerations:▯ ▯ Some think that it is unethical to control or change behavior. For example: It would be ▯ ▯ unethical if they will be injured physically or psychologically in the process. Also, it would ▯ ▯ be unethical if the person was unaware of your efforts to change their behavior. consent ▯ ▯ is needed.▯ ▯ It is unethical if any harm is done or if treatment is not in the best interest of the subject.▯ ▯ Guidelines:▯ ▯ Ethical guidelines are imposed by the APA, ABA, and ABCT▯ ▯ These guidelines control a therapist’s behavior▯ ▯ Some ethical standards that a therapist needs to meet are appropriate training, client ▯ ▯ must be an active participant, use of least restrictive alternative (environment that makes ▯ them as successful as possible while using the least amount of restriction), use of ▯ ▯ positive reinforcement over aversive control, individualized and contextually grounded, ▯ ▯ and take data into evaluation if the treatment is effective. ▯ ▯ ▯ These guidelines make sure that the professional is acting in an ethically sound manner.▯ ▯ Behavioral assessment: The collection and analysis of information in order to identify and describe behavior, identify the cause, select appropriate treatment, and evaluate the treatment outcomes.▯ ▯ Why do we collect data?▯ ▯ ▯ -Define target behavior and describe it▯ ▯ ▯ -Identify possible reinforcement and treatment▯ ▯ ▯ -Posting the data can be a prompt to engage in treatment (Ex: Posting food ▯ ▯ ▯ choices in an app such as “myfitnesspal” can make a person more prone to ▯ ▯ ▯ choosing healthy foods. this effect can wear off, though.)▯ ▯ ▯ -Seeing the data can sometimes change behavior (Ex: graphs, myfitnesspal…the ▯ ▯ feeling of being watched and being held accountable)▯ ▯ ▯ Goal in behavior assessment is to identify behavior, antecedent (anything present prior ▯ ▯ to behavior such as a person or environment), and consequences. The goal is not to ▯ ▯ identify underlying pathology.▯ ▯ ▯ Assessment: A sample of behavior and a function of past environmental experiences ▯ ▯ and current contingencies. Figures out behavioral deficits and excesses. ▯ ▯ 4 Phases of assessment:▯ ▯ -Screening intake: clarify problem and determine if program is appropriate. (Ex: 2 year ▯ ▯ old throwing tantrum does not need treatment because that is developmentally normal ▯ ▯ for that age)▯ ▯ -Baseline: determine the rate of behavior currently prior to intervention and gather ▯ ▯ information from several sources.▯ ▯ -Treatment: the act of changing the behavior.▯ ▯ -Follow-up: check the effects of the treatment.▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Types of baseline assessments: ▯ ▯ -Indirect: questionnaires, data from others, and self-monitoring. Donohue (2007) and ▯ ▯ Matson & Bokjoli (2008) developed tests for this method. The issue is, people are not ▯ ▯ very good at self-monitoring.▯ ▯ ▯ -Direct: behavior is observed in the natural environment. You get better data this way, ▯ ▯ but this method is more costly, intrusive, time-consuming, and uncomfortable. ▯ ▯ ▯ We usually use a combination of the two for best results.▯ ▯ ▯ ▯ Real-life example: Personal training. Indirect assessment: Ask height and weight, how ▯ ▯ many times they exercise per week, and what their diet is like. Direct Assessment: ▯ ▯ Physically test how many push-ups they are able to do, how fast they run a mile, and ▯ ▯ their body fat percentage.▯ ▯ Operational definition: A specific, exact, clear, and concise definition that everyone recording the data must follow. Should specify what counts and what does not count as a behavior. (Ex: what counts as aggressive behavior?)▯ ▯ Types of data:▯ ▯ This is the best method when behaviors are discrete, short, and easily observable. ▯▯ ▯ ▯ Duration: How long the behavior lasts. (Ex: tantrums, exercise)▯ ▯ ▯ Intensity: The force of the behavior. (Ex: Volume, force of a pitch)▯ ▯ ▯ Latency: time between occurrence of a stimulus and a response. (Ex: telling a kid to go ▯ ▯ put on their shoes, and they only get to doing so 30 minutes later)▯ ▯ ▯ Quality: difference in judgment of the topography. (Ex: How good was the figure-skating ▯ ▯ jump?)▯ ▯ Different ways to collect data:▯ ▯ Continuous: Record every instance of a behavior ▯ ▯ ▯ Interval: A specific block of time is divided into equal intervals of short duration ( such as ▯ ▯ 30 seconds)▯ ▯ ▯ Partial: Yes or no. (did the behavior happen in the 30 seconds?)▯ ▯ ▯ Whole: Behavior is recorded only if it lasts throughout the entire interval.▯ ▯ ▯ ▯


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