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What is a functional rship?

rship between changes in an IV and changes in a DV (cause and effect rship)

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What is a stimulus?

any event that can potentially influence behaviour

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What is a responce?

particular instances of behaviour

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What is overt behaviour and what is covert behaviour?

O= potentially be observed by others not performing behaviour (external). C= can be percieved only by the person performing the behaviour (internal)

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What is appetitive and aversive stimuli?

App= event that an organism will seek out, Av= event that an organism will avoid

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What is a motivating operation?

any procedure that affects the appetitivness/aversivness of an event

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What are the two types of motivating operations?

establishing operation (increased app/av of event) & abolishing operation (decreases app/av of event)

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What does contiguity mean and what are the two types?

(closeness or nearness) temporal- extent to which events occur close together in time. spacial- extent to which events are situated close together in space

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What is contingency?

a predictive (or functional) rship between two events, such that the occurance of one event predicts the probable occurance of another

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What are behavioural definitions?

refers to some observable behaviour (unambiguous, clear, objective)

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Describe intensity

force or magnitude of behaviour

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Describe duration

length of time

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Describe speed

from start to finish

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Describe latency.

length of time required for a behaviour to begin (lag time)

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Describe INTERVAL RECORDING

measurement of whether or not a behaviour occurs during each interval during a series of continuous intervals (no. of intervals in concern)

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Describe time sample recording

measure of whether of not a behaviour occurs during each interval within a series of discontinuous intervals (spaced apart - time blocks)

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Describe topography

physical form of behaviour (eg how rats press on lever)

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What demonstrates interobserver reliability?

two or some independant observers for at least part of the assessment (no. of intervals during which observers agree ÷ total no. intervals

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What is decriptive research?

gathering info about a behaviour and circumstances it occurs in (no manipulation of variables)

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What is naturalistic observation?

one systematically observes and records occurance of a behaviour in natural environment

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What are strengths and weaknesses of naturalistic observation?

rish and detailed info, but difficult to determine cause and effect and extranious variables