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Applied Behavior Analysis Resources

Resources for students enrolled in ABA classes

What Is Applied Behavior Analysis?

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Baer, Wolf, and Risley's 1968 article[1] is the standard description of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is the "process of applying sometimes tentative principles of behavior to the improvement of specific behaviors, and simultaneously evaluating whether or not any changes noted are indeed attributable to the process of application -- and if so, to what parts of that process." In short, ABA is a "self-examining, self-evaluating, discovery-oriented research procedure for studying behavior" (p. 91).

[1] Baer DM, Wolf MM, Risley TR (1968). "Some current dimensions of applied behavior analysis". Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis 1 (1): 91–97. doi:10.1901/jaba.1968.1-91.