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Behavior Analysis

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Behavior Analysis PSYC 2500-001

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Behavior Analysis
Robin Leonard
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behavior;, characteristics, dimensions, modification, behaviorism, misconceptions, pavlov, thorndike, Watson, Skinner, reinforcement, associations, conditioning




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Date Created: 09/10/16
Week 1- Introduction/ Chapter 1 Behavior Analysis What is behavior?  Behavior is verbal and nonverbal; it is what people do and say-  This involves actions and not feelings or reasons behind the behavior- Ex: rolling eyes; stomping; slamming doors Measureable Dimensions of Behavior  Frequency: the number of times a behavior occurs  Duration: the time from when an instance starts to when it stops  Intensity: physical force involved in behavior  Latency: time from a stimulus event to the onset of behavior Other characteristics of behavior  Behavior can be observed, described, and recorded  Behavior impacts the environment (physically, socially, or self-inflicting)  Behavior is lawful: it follows rules; has triggers and consequences  May be overt or covert -overt: can be observed by a person other than source (which would impact the environment socially) -covert: not observable by others (would impact the person doing the behavior) Behavior Modification: applied science and professional practice concerned with analyzing and modifying human behavior; the principles and procedure used to change behavior Characteristics of Behavior Modification:  Target behavior: the behavior that needs to be modified  Behavioral excess: an undesirable behavior; the one that needs to decrease o Ex: Smoking; too much TV; poor hygiene; too much soda  Behavioral deficit: a desirable behavior; the one that needs to increase o Ex: working out; eating well; good study habits Week 1- Introduction/ Chapter 1 -guided by the theory and philosophy of behaviorism Behavioral principles -experimental analysis of behavior: scientific study of behavior (animals included) -applied behavior analysis: the scientific study of human behavior (specifically humans) Observing and Recording Behavior Major figures:- Ivan Pavlov: classical conditioning; classic dogs salivating experiment - conditioned by being given food every time a harness was put on them, made them salivate and soon after conditioned, the immediately began salivating once harness was put on. Edward L. Thorndike: known for work in reinforcement; The Law of Effect; did research with cats and puzzle boxes, getting food every time they found the trick handle in the box; memory experiment using isolation+ try –fail- try = pleasurable consequences Watson: Phobias are classically conditioned; went into advertising pairing a product with something desirable; automatic responses Skinner: believed we were most like rats and pigeons; laid the foundation for behavior modification/ avoiding punishment (behaviorism)


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