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RUNNING HEAD: WHAT IS ABA? What is ABA? Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), is a science of behavior that is applied to improve social behaviors. Experimentations are used to identify the variables responsible for the improvement of behaviors (Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020)). Behavior analysts dispsense with the myth of the inner person as a creator of behavior. Both philosophically and empirically to the behavior analyst, we are what we do, and when and where we do it (Sidman,2013) (Cooper, Heron, Heward, 2020). As a behavior analyst, one studies to understand why people behave the way that they do an how you can improve and change behaviors. According to Cooper, Heron, and Howard, ABA is a form of science that uses strategies from the principle of behavior that are applies systematically to improve socially significant behavior (Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020)). Within the science of ABA there are seven dimensions. All behavior interventions must fall within those seven dimensions to be considered behavior analytic. The dimensions are applied, behavioral, analytic, technological, conceptually systematic, generality, and effective. The Seven Dimensions In order to remember the dimensions, there is an acronym that can be used, “GET A CAB”. “G” stands for generality. A behavior change is said to have generality when it lasts over time and in environments that are different from which it was initially taught. “A behavior change that continues after the original treatment procedures are withdrawn has generality (Cooper, 2020). “E” stands for effective. In order for a behavioral technique to be considered effective, it should change the specific behavior that is affecting the client. In application, the theoretical importance of a variable, is usually not at issue. Its practical importance, specifically its power in altering behavior enough to be socially important, is the essential criterion (Baer, D.
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