Purdue Global University Determinism and Functional Relations Discussion

Discussion Topic

Description, prediction, and control are the levels of understanding that allow you to gain knowledge in science. Functional relations can only be identified when a specific change in the dependent variable is produced by specific manipulations of the independent variable – when the change was not caused by a confounding variable. “Determinism” is the defining framework of behavior analysis. Applied behavior analysis is very different from other fields of psychology in its approach to understanding human (and animal) behavior.

Please respond to the following:

  • Discuss how “Determinism” and functional relations allow you to understand behavior.
  • Explain how an understanding of the function of behavior guides your behavior interventions.
  • Describe and compare mentalism and behaviorism.
  • How does Skinner’s radical behaviorism differ from other types of behaviorism?

TEXTBOOKS

Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2019). Applied Behavior Analysis. 3rd Edition.

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