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Running head: SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSISSeven Dimensions of Applied Behavior AnalysisErin Casey Capella University
2SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS AbstractThis paper explores two published articles, Using Token Reinforcement to Increase Walking for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and The Relationship Between Intentional Self-Injurious Behavior and the Loudness Dependence of Auditory Evoked Potential in Research Volunteers, and reports which article uses the seven dimension of applied behavior analysis and which articledoes not. This paper aims to distingue between a behaviorally analytic article and an article that does not follow the criterion of analytic research. The seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis include applied, behavioral, analytical, technological, conceptually systematic, effective,and generalization of the outcomes of intervention (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968). These dimensions were proposed by Baer, Wolf, and Risley and continue to be the primary criteria for judging the value of applied behavior analysis today. While some studies may contain some dimensions of applied behavior, for a study to be considered behaviorally analytic it must containall of the seven dimensions. Keywords:seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis, applied, behavioral, analytical, technological, conceptually systematic, effective, and generalization
3SEVEN DIMENSIONS OF APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS IntroductionBaer, Wolf, and Risley (1968) proposed seven dimension as primary criteria for judging the value of applied behavior analysis. These dimensions include applied, behavioral, analytical, technological, conceptually systematic, effective, and generalization of the outcome of intervention (Baer, Wolf, & Risley, 1968). These dimensions provide the framework that enables the credibility of applied behavior analysis as a science. It serves in the true purpose of applied behavior analysis which is devoted to understanding and improving human behavior (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007, p.16). In the article Using Token Reinforcement to Increase Walking for Adults with Intellectual Disabilitiesall seven of the dimension of ABA are displayed. Seven Dimensions of Applied Behavior Analysis The article Using Token Reinforcement to Increase Walking for Adults with Intellectual Disabilitiesis behaviorally analytic because it meets the criteria of the seven dimensions of applied behavior analysis. Applied is a dimension of applied behavior analysis that asks the questions: How immediately important is this to the culture and does society care about the outcomes of the study? Does this study pose significance to society and impacting behavior that improves people’s lives? This is a core concept of applied behavior analysis since improving socially significant behaviors such as language, social, academic, daily living, self-care, vocational, and/or recreation and leisure behaviors improves the day to day lives of the

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