Posted: May 3rd, 2021
Clear and operationally defined behaviors are important for the field of behavior analysis for several reasons. Clear definitions are necessary to replicate findings and to determine the accuracy of data. This replication and accuracy are key factors in providing the field with solid research. After developing observable and measurable behavior definitions, we can begin to take a deeper look at the environmental variables that influence those behaviors and categorize those behaviors in a meaningful way.
There are two parts to this assignment.
First, you need to observe someone for half an hour and identify three behaviors of interest that could be selected for behavior modification. To avoid reactivity, attempt to keep the observation as discrete as possible without informing the subject that he or she is being observed. Some examples of potential behaviors could include:
After your observation is complete, write a paper using APA style in which you:
Your assignment should meet the following requirements:
Refer to the Defining Behavior Scoring Guide to ensure you understand the grading criteria for this assignment.
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