PSYC 4053 – BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION – Section W1


Course Description –
Students demonstrate familiarity with techniques of changing behavior via environmental manipulation. Students learn to apply cognitive-behavioral techniques to effect behavior alteration. Students become familiar with the major research designs and procedures used in the field of behavior therapy.

Pre-requisite –

  • PSYCH 1101

Required Course Resources –
Martin, G., & Pear, J (2007). Behavior Modification: What it is and How to Do It (8th ed.). New York: Prentice-Hall. ISBN#0-13-194227. Most of the information is also on-line in the powerpoint lectures.

Course Learning Outcomes –
Students will demonstrate their familiarity with techniques of changing behavior via environmental manipulation. They learn to apply behavioral techniques to effect behavior alteration. Students will become familiar with the major research designs and procedures used in the field of behavior therapy. This class will help you to think about how much difference our environment can make. Now matter how stubborn you may think a person is, this and other behaviors can be modified. In this course we will explore how to do this. Behavior modification is a fundamental issue in psychology and in our lives in general. This course will not only examine the issues of nature versus nurture but also the methods of behavior modification. We will look at Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning. The emphasis is on the general principles governing these conditioning phenomena and the underlying mechanisms. A hope is that the paper you prepare for this class could be used as the basis for a presentation at a scientific conference (such as BPRB here at FVSU in the spring.)


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