Behavior Assignment


PSYC 281 - Behaviour Assignment Instructions Students will be responsible for constructing a behaviour modification program in which you will modify/change some type of behaviour using the various theories discussed in class. You can design this program with animal or human subjects and need not worry about ethical guidelines as we WON’T be actually conducting the program! Alter the behaviour of your cat or boyfriend/ girlfriend! Be creative and have fun with the assignment. Chances are if you enjoy creating and writing it I will enjoy reading it. Basic Instructions: Although this behavioural assignment does not require any additional information from peer-reviewed publications or books you are required to include the following information based on what you have learned throughout the term, both in lecture and from the textbook. The Problem/Behaviour: You will start with the description of the problem behaviour or any behaviour that you will be modifying. The description should include details of the behaviour, if it is problematic and what the problem actually is. The remainder of the report will address how, both theoretically and methodologically, you will be modifying the behaviour or correcting the problem. Methods: Using information from class and Chapter 2 of the textbook, identify and describe the methods you’re using to evaluate progress in your behaviour modification program,and explain why those methods are suitable for your particular program. Classical and/or Operant Procedures: You will likely be using some of the classic methods that we’ll discuss in class (and that are described in the text). Make sure that you are documenting your procedures and using the terminology correctly. You will also need to ensure that your reinforcers or conditional and unconditional stimuli are powerful enough and appropriate for the situation. Theoretical Models: This will differ for each program, but keep in mind that you need to link your program to at least one behaviourist theory discussed in class or in the textbook. For some programs it will simply be classical or operant conditioning, but for other programs there will be specific models that apply. For example, if you’re doing a self-control program you will need to discuss the Ainsley-Rachlin model. If you’re addressing choice behaviour, you will likely discuss Matching or Melioration theories. Constraints: Every species and every individual has its limitations so you need to identify those constraints and explain how you will accommodate them in your program. For example, if you’re dealing with a dog who eats your shoes you need to recognize that chewing behaviour is harder for some breeds to control. Format Instructions: 1. Please use 12 point Times / Times New Roman font, double-spaced throughout the paper. The report will be three pages long. 2. Number the pages of your paper. Use APA formatting for any citations and for the various title, heading and subheadings within the report. 8. AGAIN, ASK QUESTIONS! If you are unclear on these instructions, on what constitutes a good topic, or anything related to the report come and see me.