Basics of Behavior Analysis

Course Description

Overview of the major components — philosophical as well as applied — of Applied Behavior Analysis. Major topics include functional behavioral assessment and analysis, single-subject research design, basic principles of behavior shaping and reduction, how to achieve behavioral generalization and maintenance, aspects of stimulus control and its relation to the three term contingency model, discrete trial training, and aversive control.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the characteristics of applied behavior analysis per Baer, Wolf & Risley, 1968.
  • Examine the fundamental behavioral principles and procedures for increasing behavior.
  • Interpret the basic principles and procedures for reducing behavior.
  • Analyze the basic behavioral principles and procedures for promoting the generalization, and maintenance of behavior.
  • Identify the fundamentals of antecedent stimulus control and its relationship to behavioral outcomes.
  • Contrast the current status and future directions of school-based behavioral interventions and the implications for school psychology practice.

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