What is a behavior?
A behavior refers to any interaction between an organism and its environment that changes the environment in some way.
Clapping your hands, walking, making dinner, ordering a pizza, sleeping, sneezing.
Anything that a dead person could not do is a behavior.
An inanimate object cannot engage in a behavior. For example, a paper blowing in the wind is not a behavior. A person chasing the paper blowing in the wind is.
There are three properties of a behavior that can be measured.
Temporal locus to when a behavior occurs.
Temporal extent refers to the duration of a behavior
Repeatability refers to how often a behavior occurs.
This article is useful for registered behavior technicians (RBT) or students who are studying to become board certified behavior analysts (BCBAs). Understanding (Applied Behavior Analysis) ABA terms is critical for both being an effective ABA therapist and passing your BCBA exam
In an effort to help you study for your BCBA exam more effectively, this post is written in a “study note” form rather than as a long form blog post.
They are my personal study notes I am sharing with you as a gift. I am spending my time studying so they are not edited. I am grateful for your understanding in overlooking the grammar! Happy Studying!
Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2007). Applied Behavior Analysis (3rd Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Pearson Education.