Assessing the stimulus control of observers.

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The science of behavior analysis relies heavily on direct observation. Human observers are typically used to measure behavior in applied settings. Although the use of human observers is beneficial in many regards, it also presents challenges. Of primary concern is the extent to which the data generated by observers actually corresponds to the behavioral events of interest, and the implications this may have in terms of replication. This study assessed the effects that labels, definitions, and examples and non-examples of two different modalities had on observer accuracy, consistency, and agreement. Results showed that current practices in observer training may require refinement to ensure high observer accuracy, consistency, and agreement. Suggestions for how to improve the desired stimulus control of observers are provided.

Creator(s): Kuhn, Robin Merritt
Creation Date: December 2009
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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Publisher Name: University of North Texas
Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: December 2009
Description:

The science of behavior analysis relies heavily on direct observation. Human observers are typically used to measure behavior in applied settings. Although the use of human observers is beneficial in many regards, it also presents challenges. Of primary concern is the extent to which the data generated by observers actually corresponds to the behavioral events of interest, and the implications this may have in terms of replication. This study assessed the effects that labels, definitions, and examples and non-examples of two different modalities had on observer accuracy, consistency, and agreement. Results showed that current practices in observer training may require refinement to ensure high observer accuracy, consistency, and agreement. Suggestions for how to improve the desired stimulus control of observers are provided.

Degree:
Level: Master's
Discipline: Behavior Analysis
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Keyword(s): Stimulas control | behavioral definitions | training observers
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UNT Libraries
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UNT Theses and Dissertations
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  • OCLC: 601389967 |
  • UNTCAT: b3825332 |
  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc12146
Resource Type: Thesis or Dissertation
Format: Text
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Access: Public
License: Copyright
Holder: Kuhn, Robin Merritt
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