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Although research on the application of behavioral principles to help people change their behavior (behavior modification) had been published since the late 1950s, the term applied behavior analysis was introduced in 1968 in the first issue of Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis with the publication of Baer, Wolf, and Risley’s article defining applied behavior analysis. In their article, Baer et al. (1968) identified a number of characteristics of applied behavior analysis including: (a) a focus on socially important behavior; (b) demonstration of functional relationships between environmental events and behavior; (c) clear description of procedures; (d) connection to basic behavioral principles; and (e) production of meaningful, generalizable, and long-lasting changes in behavior.
The supervisor would then implement the behavior modification procedures and continue to record the behaviors. This recording would establish Introduction to Behavior Modification 7 whether the number of units assembled increased. If the workers’ behaviors changed after the supervisor’s intervention, he or she would continue to record the behavior for a further period. Such long-term observation would demonstrate whether the workers continued to assemble units at the increased rate or whether further intervention was necessary.
For example, you could use a decibel meter to measure the loudness of someone’s speech. A physical therapist might measure the strength of a person’s grip to judge recovery from an injury. Parents might use a rating scale from 1 to 5 to measure the intensity of a child’s tantrum. The parents would have to define the behavior associated with each point on the rating scale so that their ratings were reliable; their ratings would be reliable if they both observed a tantrum and recorded the same number on the rating scale.