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University of Toronto Scarborough
Konstantine Zakzanis

Behavior ModificationsChapter 11ChainingA complex behavior requires multiple component behaviors that occur in a sequencecalled a behavioral chain ExYou want a piece of chewing gumo Reach into your pocketo Pull out a piece of gumo Pull a single stick out of the packo Unwrap the piece of gumo Put the gum into your mouth Each behavior in the chain can only occur after the previous behavior in the chain has been completed Each behavior depends on the occurrence of the previous behaviorAnalyzing Stimulus Response Chains A behavioral chain is often called a stimulusresponse chain Each behavior or response in the chain produces a stimulus change that acts as an SD for the next response The whole chain is under stimulus control so that the first response in the chain occurs when a particular SD is presented Ex A bin full of towels near Bobby is an SD for Bobbys first response A behavioral chain occurs only is the last response in the chain results in a reinforcing consequenceo Chewing the gum is reinforcer for the behavioral action of putting the gum in your moutho The folded towel in the box is a reinforce for the behavioural chain of foldin
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