Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Michael D. Wesolowski
  • Arnie H. Zencius
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


In their book Applied Behavior Analysis, Cooper, Heron, and Heward (1987, p. 14) define applied behavior analysis as “the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate experimentally that the procedures employed were responsible for the improvement in behavior.” The key words here are science, socially significant behavior, and improvement. Thus, the focus of applied behavior analysis is the improvement of socially significant behavior through scientific manipulation.


Target Behavior Apply Behavior Analysis Behavior Analyst Significant Behavior Multiple Baseline 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael D. Wesolowski
    • 1
  • Arnie H. Zencius
    • 2
  1. 1.Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitation ServicesMiamiUSA
  2. 2.Premier of Chicago Rehabilitation CenterDowners GroveUSA

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