psy420 | undergraduate

Theories Of Behavior

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This course is an introduction to principles of learning and behavior analysis and how they relate to the profession of psychology. Topics to be covered include conditioning, social learning, and philosophical and historical antecedents of behaviorism. The environmental influences of behavior, to understand the antecedent-consequence link and functions of behaviors, will also be covered. An emphasis will be placed on behavior-analytic strategies in a variety of settings including business and industry, education, and health and human services.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Schedules of Reinforcement

    • Evaluate interval schedules as they relate to specific behavior patterns.
    • Examine the role of the basic DRO contingencies in real-world situations.
    • Defend the use of specific ratio schedules in various real-world scenarios.

    Decreasing Behavior

    • Identify the two main forms of punishment.
    • Analyze the right to effective treatment in conjunction with the social validity of treatment.
    • Plan for the side effects of punishment.

    Behavior Management

    • Theorize how behavioral interventions connect to self-management, education, health industry, and business models.
    • Justify how to ethically implement extinction procedures within a behavioral paradigm.
    • Plan the steps needed to shape behavior.

    History of Behavior Analysis

    • Analyze the evolution of behavior analysis from behaviorism.
    • Connect behavior analysis to a range of real-world social, technological, and personal examples.


    • Evaluate the differences between the two types of reinforcement.
    • Plan for the different outcomes in delayed versus immediate reinforcement.
    • Explain the relationship between negative reinforcement and aversive stimuli.
    • Apply reinforcement principles to feedback and praise.
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