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Running header: THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF ABA1The Seven Dimensions of ABACapella University
THE SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF ABAIntroductionThe study of behavior has had obstacles in the past because of the difficulty in observing and measuring it in an experimentally controlled manner. Because of this issueit was important to create parameters for the scientific study of behavior that could ensurereliable and valid results. Baer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) defined the seven dimensions as essential characteristics of ABA as applied, behavioral, effective, analytic, technological, generality, and conceptually systematic. Cooper, Heron, and Heward (2007) state that these criteria judge the adequacy of research and practice in ABA and have continued to serve as the standard for over 40 years later.Identifying an ABA ArticleOf the two articles that we were required to read: Krentz, Miltenberger, and Valbuena's "Using Token Reinforcement to Increase Walking for Adults With Intellectual Disabilities,” and Marsic, Berman, Barry, and McCloskey's "The Relationship Between Intentional Self-Injurious Behavior and the Loudness Dependence of Auditory Evoked Potential in Research Volunteers," I thought it was clear which one was an ABA article and which was not. Krentz, Miltenberger, and Valbuena (2016) clearly use all seven dimensions in their study. Applied was evident in the targeted behavior of physical activity in adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). They state that the majority of adults