Introduction to Behavior Modification

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The first part of my course on Behavior Modification.

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Introduction to Behavior Modification

  1. 1. Behavior Modification<br />Spring 2009 – Ryan Sain<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />What is behavior?<br />Doing<br />Products (outcomes) vs. Behaviors<br />Losing weight<br />Getting an A<br />Self statements – self talk – private behaviors – covert behaviors<br />The Dead Person’s Test<br />
  3. 3. Characteristics of Behavior<br />Duration<br />Frequency<br />Intensity (force)<br />General terms<br />Intelligence, attitudes<br />We are very specific and need to define in terms of the behavior.<br />
  4. 4. Behavior Mod Defined<br /><ul><li>Define problems in terms of behavior that can be measured in some way.
  5. 5. Using changes in terms of this behavior is the measure of success or failure
  6. 6. Treatments are about changing the individuals physical environment
  7. 7. The stimuli present (and behavior can be a stimulus)
  8. 8. Not like talking therapies at all
  9. 9. Methods and rationale can be describe clearly and precisely.
  10. 10. Very scientific
  11. 11. Applied by individuals in everyday life
  12. 12. Based on existing research from the learning literature</li></li></ul><li>Applications<br />Parenting and child management<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C4VHBLXcrw<br />Other critters<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjfGvL8Be-c<br />Education<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xEH_qUMLd0<br />Not just for young ones – mastery work at the university level.<br />Developmental disabilities – teaching life skills<br />Autism – a huge area of applied behavior analysis, focus on all aspects of autism<br />Schizophrenia – life skills training (social, communication, job finding, etc.)<br />
  13. 13. More applications<br /><ul><li>Self management
  14. 14. Skills to modify your own behavior
  15. 15. Medical and health care
  16. 16. Behavioral medicine
  17. 17. Interactions between health, illness and behavior
  18. 18. Treating problems through biofeedback (patients gain control over their body)
  19. 19. Treatment compliance
  20. 20. Healthy living
  21. 21. Caregiver behavior – they affect the patient too.
  22. 22. Stress management – techniques like PMR</li></li></ul><li>Still more…<br />Aging<br />Have to change the way you do things as you get older<br />Behavior mod can help you learn those new routines<br />Nursing home behavior<br />Community behaviors<br />Recycling, littering, community problems (ridership, etc)<br />Business and govt.<br />Process improvement<br />Sport psychology<br />Skills, practice, coaching<br />

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