Posted: December 21st, 2022
In the context of ABA, the applied behavior analyst often seeks to increase socially desirable behaviors and decrease socially undesirable behaviors. When a behavior is triggered (i.e., promoted or inhibited) by the presence or absence of some stimulus, the situation is said to have stimulus control. In operant conditioning, the stimulus control originates in something that comes before the behavior, called the antecedent. Therefore, in order to change a behavior, it is useful to understand what antecedents might promote or inhibit a behavior PSYC 6717 Discussion: Stimulus Control.
For this Discussion, you will consider examples of stimulus control in your environment, including identifying the stimuli that evoke certain desired and undesired behaviors.
Post what stimulus control means and describe stimuli in your environment that evoke certain desired and undesired behaviors.
According to (Cooper et al., 2020), stimulus control is a situation in which a behavior is altered or triggered by the presence or absence of a stimulus. An example of stimulus control in my environment is that I cannot eat without watching TV. When eating without watching TV, I tend not to enjoy the food. It is an ongoing triggered behavior.
Cooper, J. O., Heron, T. E., & Heward, W. L. (2020). Applied behavior analysis (3rd ed.). Pearson.
Read your colleagues’ postings.
Note: For this discussion, you are required to complete your initial post before you will be able to view and respond to your colleagues’ postings. Begin by clicking on the To Participate in this Discussion link, then select Create Thread to complete your initial post. Remember, once you click on Submit, you cannot delete or edit your own posts, and cannot post anonymously. Please check your post carefully before clicking on Submit!
Respond to at least two colleagues’ posts by expanding on each colleague’s explanation of what is meant by stimulus control and whether you would respond in a similar way to the stimulus.
Be sure to support your posts and responses with specific references to behavior-analytic theory and research. In addition to the Learning Resources, search the Walden Library and/or the internet for peer-reviewed articles to support your posts and responses. Use proper APA format and citations, including those in the Learning Resources.
Return to this Discussion in a few days to read the responses to your initial posting. Note what you have learned and/or any insights you gained because of your colleagues’ comments.
I enjoyed reading your post! It was very insightful!
According to the APA (2021), stimulus control is “the extent to which different stimulus conditions influence behavior. It can refer to different responses occurring in the presence of different stimuli or to differences in the rate, temporal organization, or topography of a single response in the presence of different stimuli”.
I also don’t enjoy eating without watching TV, unless I’m eating dinner out. I’ve gotten so used to eating in the living room in front of my TV, that many times, I don’t want to eat if I don’t have access to a TV. The stimulus of watching TV controls my eating behavior.
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