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PSY 200 Chapter 21: Part 1
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What is the topography of a behavior? Give an example.
the shape or specific movements involved in making the response
Ex: correct swimming strokes of a swimmer
What are 2 common measures of the overall amount of a given behavior?
What is the frequency of a behavior? Give an example.
frequency (rate) -to the number of instances of a behavior that occur in a given period of time
Example: wanting to get better with figure skating, then you examine skaters on their frequency on their jumps and spins
What are 3 ways to keep track of the number of times a certain response occurs during a day?
1. using a gold counter
2. could use a calculator and +1 each time behaviors occurs
3. devices such as PDAs, smartphones, etc that have appropriate apps
What 2 characteristics do behaviors recorded with frequency usually show?
1) Successive occurrences of the given behavior are relatively brief
2) The amount of time it takes to perform the behavior is about the same from one occasion to the next
What is the relative duration of a behavior? Give an example in which relative duration might be more appropriate than frequency.
the length of time that the behavior occurs within some period.
Example: temper tantrums
What is the latency of a response? Give an example.
the time between the occurrence of a stimulus and the beginning of that behavior.
Example: when a child is first given a task but seems to fool around forever before starting
Using an example, explain how the quality of a behavior is an improvement of one or more of the other dimensions of behavior.
Example: dance performances
they can being by being a bad dancer and not knowing the steps/terms, but with practice over time begin getting to average good, and excellent.
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