Behavioral Observations (Event/Interval)

To determine the operant level of a behavior or the effect of an intervention, behavioral observations must be recorded and analyzed across time and conditions. Several methods for recording behavioral observations are available, and selection of a particular method is dependent on what information is needed, what dimensions of the behavior are being observed, and what environmental conditions the observer must record. All recording systems can be classified into two large types: event based and time (i.e., interval) based.

Event-Based Recording

Event-based systems are based on the simple premise that behavior signals the observer to record. Six methods of event-based recording are used, and each involves constant observation and provides a relatively direct measure of observed behavior. All event-based methods require a concrete ...

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