Surveys physiological, developmental, social, and personality psychology; sensation perception; learning; information processing; motivation; psychopathology; and research methods.
Introduces fundamentals of behavior acquisition and modification: reinforcement, stimulus discrimination, extinction, and sequential organization. Emphasizes total competence learning, requiring student to advance beyond recognition and recall.
Questions whether chemical addiction (drugs and alcohol) is disease or an attempt to adapt to inner needs and external pressures.
The frequency of autism has increased significantly and Behavior Analysis has been the demonstrated evidence-based treatment of choice. Practicum and classroom experience will expose students to this fascinating field.