303 Applied Behavior Analysis

Behavior analysis provides the basis for identifying dysfunctional habits, and their histories, triggers, motivations, and reinforcements. It means addressing learning excesses and deficits with the basic principles of the major learning paradigms: Respondent, or classical conditioning- understanding the nature of reflexive behavior and the importance of temporal contiguity; Operant, or instrumental conditioning – the effects of the application or removal of consequences on learning; and the combination of the two to establish a functional assessment of behavior – the ways in which behaviors function to alter the environment of an individual with a particular problem. In addition, the course will focus on single subject experimental designs – ABAB reversal/withdrawal designs, and multiple baseline designs across participants, settings, and behaviors.