Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification : What it is and How to Do it

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A comprehensive, practical introduction to the principles of behaviour modification and guidelines for their application. New features of this edition include an emphasis on instructional and rule-governed behaviour for analysis and revised chapters on schedules of reinforcement and punishment.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 178 x 235mm | 692g
  • Prentice-Hall
  • Harlow, United Kingdom
  • International 2 Revised ed
  • 0130672327
  • 9780130672322

Table of contents

The behaviour modification approach - introduction; areas of application - an overview; basic behavioural principles and procedures - getting a behaviour to occur more often with positive reinforcement; decreasing a behaviour with extinction; getting a new behaviour to occur - an application of shaping; developing behavioural persistance through the use of intermittent reinforcement; types of intermittent reinforcement to decrease behaviour; doing the right thing at the right time is a matter for stimulus discrimination training; developing appropriate behaviour with fading; developing and maintaining behaviour with conditioned reinforcement; getting a new behaviour to occur with behavioural changing; transferring behaviour to new settings and making it last - generality of behaviour change; eliminating inappropriate behaviour through punishment; establishing a desirable behaviour by using escape and avoidance conditioning; procedures based on principles of respondent conditioning; some preliminary considerations to effective programming strategies - short-cuts tactics with stimulus control - instruction, modeling, guidance, and situational inducement; alternative strategies for decreasing behaviour; dealing with data - behavioural assessment - initial considerations; direct behavioural assessment - what to record and how; doing research in behaviour modification; putting it all together - designing a programme to overcome a behavioural handicap; token economies; helping an individual to develop self-control; systematic self-desensitization; cognitive behaviour modification; areas of clinical behaviour therapy; behaviour modification - a rapidly growing concern - giving it all some perspective - a brief history.
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