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“Sharpe and Koperwas provide a methodological framework that objectifies the complexity of behavior. This book's quantitative and multiple-event approach to data collection and analysis is essential for effective descriptions and explanations of the behavior of humans and nonhumans. Of particular note is the multidisciplinary applicability of the methodology and that the methods can be used by basic, applied, and clinical researchers. Human service providers are being increasingly pressured to take objective measures; practitioners should find much in this book to help them satisfactorily meet these demands. The authors' sensitivity to clarity of presentation makes the book an excellent primary or supplementary text for any course in behavior methodology.”

-- Dennis J. Delprato, Eastern Michigan University

“I think the author did a very thoughtful, informed analysis and presentation ...

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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