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Analyzing Observational Data
Analyzing observational data

When each measure of behavior is plotted on a graph immediately after the observational period, the investigator has ongoing access to a complete record of the subject's behavior. Instead of waiting until the investigation or teaching program is complete, behavior change is evaluated continuously, allowing treatment and experimental decisions to be responsive to the subject's performance.

— Heward (cited in Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 1987, p. 108)

After reading this chapter, you should be able to define the following terms and provide the information requested in the study guide.

Experimental criterionTrend
Therapeutic criterionLatency
Social validationParametric
MeanSplit-middle technique
LevelConditional probability
Study Guide
  • Explain what is meant by social validation, list the types of procedures that are typically involved in it, and describe the potential benefits of adding this procedure ...

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