Learning & Behavior

Psych 385

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Behavior Modification Assignment

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Instructor:

Mike Baker, SH 116
 
 
  Office Hours :  Monday and Wednesday : 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30 - 10:30 am                                             
And by Appointment
 
 
  Phone: 399-8709 (office)
 
 
  email: mbaker@coe.edu
 
 
  Text: Required:  Behavior Principles in Every Day Life (4th Edition).  Baldwin & Baldwin (2001). Prentice Hall.  
 

COURSE OVERVIEW


This course examines principles governing behavioral adjustment of individuals to environmental events.  We will focus on mechanisms of Pavlovian and operant conditioning and their role in acquisition and motivation of behavior and emotional responses.  Theoretical concepts are extended to practical applications used in behavior modification and behavior therapy. Applied topics may include health-related behaviors, sex and love, self-control, drug addiction, and psychological disorders.

 

 

EXAM SCHEDULE & COURSE POINTS

Date

Event

Notes

Points

M JAN 16

Martin Luther King Birthday

NO CLASSES

-

TBA

Essay #1 Due

After Respondent Learning Lecture

10

M FEB 6

EXAM 1

Unit 1 only

100

TBA

B-Mod #1 Due

Behavioral Definitions
Begin Baseline Functional Analysis

10

TBA

Essay #2 Due

After Factors Influencing Learning Lecture

10

M MAR 5 -
F MAR 9

SPRING BREAK

NO CLASSES

-

M MAR 12

B-Mod #2 Due:
Start Intervention

Implement Treatment Plan

10

W FEB 29

EXAM 2

Unit 2 only

100

TBA

Essay #3 Due

After Maladaptive Behavior Lecture

10

TBA

B-Mod #3 Due

Follow-up Functional Analysis

10

F MAR 30

EXAM 3

Unit 3 only

100

F APR 20

B-Mod #4 Due

Final Analysis & Report

15

APR 20, 23, 25

B-Mod Powerpoint Presentation

Final Analysis & Report

15

M APR 30
2 pm

FINAL EXAM 4

Unit 4 + basic concepts from course

150

 

 

Total Points

540

 GRADING

Final course grades will be determined by your performance on exams, short essays, and your behavior modification project paper and presentation.   These 4 exams will cover material from both lecture and the associated reading assignments. The final will be partially cumulative. It will include new material covered after Exam 3, and fundamental concepts from the rest of the course.  Exams will consist of multiple choice, definitions, and/or short essay questions. Final grades will be assigned according to the following percentages.

 Grading Scale

A          93% and above

B-        77-80%

D+       61-64%

A-         89-92

C+       73-76%

D         57-60%

B+       85-88%

C         69-72%

D-        53-56%

B         81-84%

C-        65-68%

F          52% and below.

 
LECTURE TOPICS

UNIT 1

Topic

Reading

What is Learning?

 

Application of Learning & Behavior Theories

Ch 1

Nonassociative Learning

Reserved Reading: Domjan (pp 28-51)

Respondent (Pavlovian) Learning

Ch 2 (pp 11-23)
Reserved Reading: Little Albert Article
 

Operant (Instrumental) Learning

Ch 3

 UNIT 2

UNIT 3

UNIT 4

Topic

Reading

Schedules of Reinforcement

Ch 13 (pp 286-312)

Aversive Control of Behavior

Ch 14

Learning & Maladaptive Behavior

Ch 13 (pp 312-315)
Reserved
Reading: Skinner Article

Behavior Therapy Tecniques

Ch 2 (36-40)
Reserved
Reading: Jones Article