Behavior Modification: Principles and Procedures Paperback – Oct 2000
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"The best textbook I have ever used in psychology and my students concur."
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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, functional assessment and treatment of behavioral disorders, and self-protection skills training. He utilizes behavior modification in clinical work with children and individuals with intellectual disability.
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The method of behavior modification proposed here does not make assumptions about inner mental states, but it discusses what we are able to measure directly.
The book contains tons of examples, not only technical definitions. The chapters are easy and fun to read
This book's breadth, organization into chapters, and disciplined elaboration of concepts are praiseworthy. After reading 580 pages, I would have welcomed 300 more. The prose is mostly comprehensible. The inclusion of a chapter on cognitive behavior modification seemed to strain the scope of the book, but is greatly appreciated for the context and completeness it provides.
What the book lacks most is depth and nuance. Examples tend to be simplistic, lacking in the kind of discriminative details that matter in the real world. Examples are given without discussion of alternatives or complexities.
Despite talk of misapplications, nowhere is bad stuff discussed with specificity. I expect this was by the author's design. I find omissions of this kind counterproductive. I consider the chapter on token economies to be characteristic of this cognitive bias for what the chapter doesn't say. For example, it never concisely states that one man's conditioned positive reinforcer is another man's conditioned positive punisher. Consequently, it does not warn that token economies tend to produce hardened sociopaths at the same time they produce shiny, happy people. Nor does that chapter talk about the long-term risks of using the various reinforcers. I consider these pertinent and inoffensive facts, but you won't find this kind of forthright discussion in this book. In contrast, I always appreciated Skinner for his willingness to embrace frightening implications (without losing his equanimity or optimism).
To Miltenberger's credit, this book is much more accessible, and better organized, than Skinner.
Some of the examples are too simple and excessively optimistic. The example of "Helping Deon Control His Anger" in Chapter 25 made my blood boil with incredulity. The idealistic intervention and outcome proposed by the author seem unreal.
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