Behavior Modification,
7th Edition

Raymond G. Miltenberger

ISBN-13: 9780357796375
Copyright 2024 | Published
688 pages | List Price: USD $237.95

Gain an understanding of human behavior, the factors that influence behavior and the strategies to change behavior with Miltenberger's BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION: PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES, 7E. This precise, step-by-step, scientific approach introduces the underlying principles and then the procedures behind behavior modification. Numerous current examples from research, clinical practice and everyday life clearly illustrate key principles. This edition offers new content that explores topics such as verbal behavior and stimulus equivalence. Updated references highlight the latest research and developments from the field, while this edition's new learning objectives direct your attention to key material. You can also use new self-assessment exercises, application and misapplication exercises, practice tests and three practice quizzes at the end of every chapter to ensure your comprehension.


1. Introduction to Behavior Modification.
2. Observing and Recording Behavior.
3. Graphing Behavior and Measuring Change.
4. Reinforcement.
5. Extinction.
6. Punishment.
7. Stimulus Control: Discrimination and Generalization.
8. Respondent Conditioning.
9. Shaping.
10. Prompting and Transfer of Stimulus Control.
11. Chaining.
12. Behavioral Skills Training Procedures.
13. Understanding Problem Behaviors through Functional Assessment.
14. Applying Extinction.
15. Differential Reinforcement.
16. Antecedent Interventions.
17. Using Punishment: Time-out and Response Cost.
18. Positive Punishment Procedures and the Ethics of Punishment.
19. Promoting Generalization.
20. Self-Management.
21. Habit Reversal Procedures.
22. The Token Economy.
23. Behavioral Contracts.
24. Fear and Anxiety Reduction Procedures.
25. Cognitive Behavior Modifications.

  • Raymond G. Miltenberger

    Raymond G. Miltenberger received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1985 from Western Michigan University. He is currently a professor and director of the Applied Behavior Analysis Program at the University of South Florida. Dr. Miltenberger conducts applied behavior analysis research with his students and publishes widely in the areas of sports and fitness, safety skills training and functional assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders. He is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and the American Association for Advancement of Science. Dr. Miltenberger has won numerous awards for teaching, researching and mentoring.

  • NEW LEARNING OBJECTIVES DIRECT STUDENT TO FOCUS ON KEY TOPICS. New helpful learning objectives now appear at the beginning of each chapter. These helpful tools guide student attention to the most important material in each chapter.

  • NEW SELF-ASSESSMENT EXERCISES LET STUDENTS CHECK THEIR UNDERSTANDING AS THEY ADVANCE. Several new self-assessment exercises added throughout this edition prompt students to test their level of comprehension as they read the chapters.

  • NEW REFERENCES HIGHLIGHT THE LATEST RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD. Scores of new references throughout this edition cite today's most recent research while reinforcing current and emerging topics in each chapter.

  • THIS EDITION PLACES GREATER EMPHASIS ON DIVERSITY. The first chapter of this edition includes an insightful discussion on diversity. Each chapter features more inclusive examples as well as discussions of cultural awareness as students learn to develop assessment and treatment strategies.

  • NEW CONTENT ADDRESSES VERBAL BEHAVIOR. A new section in one of this edition's behavior modification chapters discusses verbal behavior as one of today most common applications of behavior modification in practice.

  • NEW CONTENT DISCUSSES STIMULUS EQUIVALENCE. This new section in one of this edition's updated chapters delves into the important topic of stimulus equivalence and its implications for teaching.

  • A HELPFUL "FOR FURTHER READING" FEATURE IN MOST OF THE CHAPTERS DIRECTS STUDENTS TO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES. Students find this helpful feature in the chapters on behavioral principles (Chs. 4-8) and procedures (Chs. 9-25). Each "For Further Reading" feature identifies and briefly describes and cites one or more interesting articles related to the chapter's content. You can assign these articles for extra credit or use them to challenge your more advanced students.

  • THE TEXT'S UNIQUE ORGANIZATION PRESENTS TO UNDERLYING PRINCIPLES AND THEN PROCEDURES. The author follows the proven principle that students better understand the procedures of behavior modification after first learning the fundamental principles. To support this approach, Chapters 4-8 review the principles underlying operant and respondent behavior, while Chapters 9-25 discuss the application of these principles.

  • WIDE VARIETY OF EXAMPLES DEMONSTRATES APPLICATION FOR DIFFERING POPULATIONS. This edition's numerous examples highlight different populations in multiple settings. Students review examples that feature college students, school-age children and people with developmental disabilities This offers a uniquely wide lens through which to consider today's behavior modification principles.

  • "APPLICATION EXERCISES" HIGHLIGHT REAL-LIFE CASES AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTIONS. These exercises at the end of each procedures chapter (Chs. 2, 3, 9-25) present actual cases and questions that ask students to apply the procedures that are described. "Misapplication Exercises" follow each of the "Application Exercises," providing case studies that ask students to analyze what's wrong with the procedure being applied to the case. Answers to both sets of exercises appear in the Solution and Answer Guide, available in the instructor resources.

  • "SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS" ASK STUDENTS TO EXAMINE THEIR PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE MATERIAL. These questions throughout the text prompt students to assess their understanding of the chapter's principles or applications. Students work with familiar, everyday examples of behavior from tables. In most cases, students can confirm their own answers with solutions that are presented immediately following the question.

  • "SELF-ASSESSMENT EXERCISES" PUT STUDENT UNDERSTANDING TO THE TEST. These special exercises in several of the chapters help students further assess their comprehension and abilities to apply the principles they've learned. Answers appear at the end of the chapter so students can receive immediate feedback on their responses.

  • CHAPTER SUMMARIES OFFER HELPFUL REVIEW. These summaries recap the most important material covered in the chapter and help guide students' review and retention of the material.

  • VARIETY OF END-OF-CHAPTER QUIZZES TESTS STUDENT UNDERSTANDING. Each chapter in this edition includes three fill-in-the-blank quizzes, each containing ten questions. Students are able to check their comprehension of the material they've just read. Answers appear in the Solution and Answer Guide, available in the instructor resources.

  • "PRACTICE TESTS" GIVE STUDENTS CRITICAL FIRST-HAND OPPORTUNITIES TO CHECK THEIR COMPREHENSION. Useful "Practice Tests" appear at the end of each chapters and include page references for easy review. Answers for these tests appear in the Solution and Answer Guide located in this edition's instructor resources.

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