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Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures, 5th Edition

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Behavior Modification, Applied Behavior Analysis


Raymond G. Miltenberger


This text uses the principles of behavior modification to teach the procedures of behavior modification, illustrating them with key case studies and examples. Its precise, step-by-step approach includes practical information on the technologies used to measure and record behavior changes. The book also provides numerous opportunities for students to practice, including practice tests, application and misapplication exercises, and three quizzes at the end of every chapter.

New to this Edition:

  • This edition has been updated throughout with recent references.
  • Quizzes have been placed at the end of the book on color-tabbed and perforated pages so that they can easily be removed, completed, and submitted.
  • Chapter 2 includes a new discussion of social validity and use of technology in data collection. In addition, it now uses the more accepted term "interobserver agreement" instead of "interobserver reliability," and discusses two more methods for conducting IOA (occurrence only and nonoccurrence only).
  • Chapter 3 includes a new discussion of recent publications that describe the use of Excel® for graphing, information on variations of the ABAB reversal design, and new coverage of nonconcurrent multiple baseline across subjects design.
  • Chapter 4 includes a new discussion of motivating operations (MO) as an update for the term establishing operation (EO). Chapter 16 also discusses MO, expanding on that chapter's discussion of EO.
  • Chapter 10 now presents a discussion of prompting and fading for use in autism.
  • Chapter 11 includes a brief new section on video modeling, and Chapter 12 has a brief new section on in situ assessment.
  • Chapter 14 includes new coverage and examples of how ext is applied to positive versus negative reinforcement.
  • Chapter 15 now covers reinforcer assessment procedures.
  • Chapter 16 added discussion of the role of AOs.
  • The discussion of functional/nonaversive interventions has been moved from Chapter 16 to the end of Chapter 13.
  • A new feature called "On Terms" appears in Chapters 4, 5, 6, and 8 to help students identify the correct ways to use various behavioral terms. This feature is added as a result of the author's experience with mistakes that students commonly make in their use of terminology.


Miltenberger, Raymond G. Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.