PSYC 250 - Introduction to Applied Behavioral Psychology

This course provides a survey of behavior modification and biofeedback treatment technologies. A behavior analytical approach is taken for discussion of such topics as sexual dysfunction, phobias, anxieties, weight control, energy conservation, polluting, employment problems, institutional and clinical treatment, public and mental health, and alcohol and drug dependency.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



PSYC 101 and PSYC 102


Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- Introduction to Course
- The Reinforcer
- Reinforcement
- Escape
- Punishment
- Penalty
- Extinction and Recovery
- Differential Reinforcement and Differential Punishment
- Shaping
- Unlearned Reinforcers and Aversive Conditions
- Special Establishing Operations
- Learned Reinforcers and Aversive Conditions pgs. 157-199
- Discrimination
- Complex Stimulus Control
- Imitation
- Avoidance
- Ratio Schedules
- Time Dependent Schedules
- Concurrent Contingencies
- Behavioral Chains and Rate Contingencies
- Respondent Conditioning
- Analogs to Reinforcement and Avoidance
- Pay for Performance
- Maintenance
- Transfer

- Research Methods 


Learning Outcomes:
The students will be able to:
- To introduce the major areas of study in behavioral psychology
- To increase the students' knowledge of the theoretical and applied issues in behavioral psychology
- To increase the students' understanding of human behavior through the study of behavior analysis


Grading System: Letters


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.