Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification

This course provides an overview on theories, principles, and techniques as well as applications to specific problems and disorders. It examines events and environment that impact human behavior. Topics cover traditional behavior modification, social learning theory, classical conditioning, operant learning, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Students will learn how each behavior principles apply to their own and other’s behavior and attain a better understanding of the complexities of our human existence and be more able to help people cope with the many problems they face in life. These principles will guide towards a fuller understanding of frameworks for detecting underlying “purposes” (or functions) of even problematic behaviors that others and ourselves engage in. We will then progressively examine strategies for developing more adaptive and effective actions through systematic behavioral training.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should achieve the following Learning Outcomes
1. Define human behavior and explore the characteristics and historical roots of behavior modification. Analyze the target behavior using direct and indirect assessment tools. Explore the factors that influence the effectiveness of reinforcement and extinction. 1.1 Explore and define human behavior and their characteristics deeply rooted in historical viewpoint.

1.2 Analyze target behavior using direct and indirect assessment

1.3 Explore factors that influence the effectiveness of reinforcement and extinction

1.4 Recognize the scientific basis of research in behavior change

2. Students will gain an in-depth understanding through the discussion on positive and negative punishment using the examples of functional assessment. Evaluate the differential reinforcement of other behavior with an alternative behavior. 2.1 Explain guiding assumptions and rationales of behavior modification

2.2 Discussion on positive and negative punishment

2.3 Outline examples of functional assessment

2.4 Evaluate differential reinforcement of other behavior with alternative behavior

2.5 Define antecedent control procedures

3. Time-out and response cost using punishment will be explored in-depth with five positive punishment procedures. Aversive activities will be identified using ethical issues. 3.1 Apply useful methods in enhancing specific behaviors in one’s personal and professional life.

3.2 Explore time-out and response cost using Punishment

3.3 Application of aversive activities and stimulation

3.4 Understanding the ethics of punishment

3.5 Defining generalization and strategies for promoting


Course Outline

  • Introduction to Behavior Modification
  • Observing and Recording
  • Reinforcement
  • Extinction
  • Punishment
  • Stimulus Control
  • Shaping
  • Prompting & Transfer of Stimulus Control
  • Behavior Chaining
  • Behavioral Skill Training Procedure
  • Negative Punishment
  • Positive Punishment
  • Promoting Generalization
  • Self-Management
  • Habit Reversal Procedure
  • Token Economy
  • Behavioral Contract
  • Fear & Anxiety Reduction Procedure
  • Cognitive behavior Modification


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