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behavior modification

1. The application of learning techniques such as conditioning, biofeedback, reinforcement, or aversion therapy in order to change a person's behavior.

behavior modifier n.
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behav′ior modifica`tion

the direct changing of unwanted behavior by means of biofeedback or conditioning.
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Noun1.behavior modification - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behaviorbehavior modification - psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
psychotherapy - the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means
assertiveness training - a method of psychotherapy that reinforces you for stating negative and positive feelings directly
aversion therapy - any technique of behavior modification that uses unpleasant stimuli in a controlled fashion to alter behavior in a therapeutic way; primarily used for alcoholism or drug abuse (but with little success)
desensitisation procedure, desensitisation technique, desensitization procedure, desensitization technique, systematic desensitisation, systematic desensitization - a technique used in behavior therapy to treat phobias and other behavior problems involving anxiety; client is exposed to the threatening situation under relaxed conditions until the anxiety reaction is extinguished
flooding, implosion therapy - a technique used in behavior therapy; client is flooded with experiences of a particular kind until becoming either averse to them or numbed to them
reciprocal inhibition, reciprocal-inhibition therapy - a method of behavior therapy based on the inhibition of one response by the occurrence of another response that is mutually incompatible with it; a relaxation response might be conditioned to a stimulus that previously evoked anxiety
token economy - a form of behavior therapy that has been used in some mental institutions; patients are rewarded with tokens for appropriate behavior and the tokens may be cashed in for valued rewards
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To design behavior modification plan for the children with intellectual disabilities.
Amphetamines such as Adderall and Ritalin have been used to treat a multitude of conditions from narcolepsy to ADHD since the 1930s, due to their behavior modification properties.
[argues that] effective clinical practice [for smoking cessation] requires the utilization of a multimodal approach rather than traditional unimodal ones / in the approach that is presented [in this chapter], generic hypnotherapeutic suggestions are coupled with behavior modification strategies, as well as adjunctive treatment such as exercise, relaxation, and diet modification / provides an overview of intervention approaches / presents the author's 3-step multimodal procedure: (a) assessment, (b) intervention, and (c) treatment adherence/follow-up
Behavior modification in child treatment; an experimental and clinical approach.
The focus was on an effort to balance the potential of behavior modification with the tendency for abuse.
There are many approaches that can be taken to help a child and teacher, behavior modification being one of them.
A year later, most of the centers lost their parent resource teachers, who had helped parents work with their children on behavior modification, child development, nutrition and teaching aids for continued learning at home, Griffin said.
Una de sus obras mas conocida en espanol es "Cognicion y Modificacion de Conducta", publicada por la editorial Trillas de Mexico (Mahoney, 1983); esta obra publicada originalmente por Ballinger Publishing como "Cognition and Behavior Modification" (Mahoney, 1974) ha sido de impacto en el desarrollo academico de nuestros estudiantes de psicologia en Colombia.
Living With Bears: A Practical Guide To Bear County describes Black Bears and their behavior; explains how to "bear-proof" your home; how to stash trash safely; how to hike and camp in "bear country"; addresses the issues of bird feeding, gardening, and farming in "bear country"; describes bear behavior modification techniques and strategies; and teaches how to avoid bear encounters and attacks.
The multidisciplinary approach should encompass support from dietary, psychological, medical, and exercise or physical therapy professionals to effect behavior modification in the patient.

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