Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures by Raymond G. Miltenberger

By Raymond G. Miltenberger

Habit amendment: ideas AND tactics, 6th variation, makes use of an exact, step by step, medical method of clarify human habit. Case stories and examples illustrate key ideas.

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16 Chapter 1 KEY TERMS applied behavior analysis, 5 behavior, 2 behavior modification, 5 behavioral deficit, 5 behavioral excess, 5 controlling variable, 5 covert behavior, 3 dimension of behavior, 2 experimental analysis of behavior, 5 law of effect, 9 overt behavior, 3 target behavior, 5 PRACTICE TEST 1. What is the basic definition of human behavior? (p. 2) 2. Provide an example of a description of behavior and the label applied to that behavior. (p. 2) 3. Describe the three physical dimensions of behavior that can be observed and recorded.

The assessment showed that there were few instances of tardiness. In this case, behavioral assessment demonstrated that there was not a problem and that intervention was not necessary. If the measurement of the workers’ arrival times showed that there was a problem, the supervisor would develop a behavior modification plan to change the workers’ behavior. The supervisor would continue to record arrival times as the intervention was implemented. The measurement of the workers’ arrival times before, during, and after intervention would demonstrate whether the workers arrived late less frequently once intervention had been implemented.

Behavior modification procedures are based on research in applied behavior analysis that has been conducted for more than 40 years (Ullmann & Krasner, 1965; Ulrich, Stachnik, & Mabry, 1966). ■ Emphasis on current environmental events. Behavior modification involves assessing and modifying the current environmental events that are functionally related to the behavior. Human behavior is controlled by events in the immediate environment, and the goal of behavior modification is to identify those events.

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