Ch 5: The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior

About This Chapter

Watch online video lessons to learn how behaviorists believe responses and behaviors can be conditioned using a variety of methods. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

We all appreciate a little reward now and then. Punishment, on the other hand, is usually avoided, if possible. These basic ideas influenced the development of the behavioral model. In this chapter, you will be introduced to theories and cases that have led to a wide acceptance of the behavioral/learning model as a valid approach to studying and influencing human behavior. This chapter can help you understand the following:

  • Underlying concepts of the behavioral model
  • Significant cases and behaviorists
  • Behavioral conditioning
  • Behavioral treatments
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral approach

Video Objective
The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning Look at the behavioral model and understand how behaviorists explain abnormal functioning.
Classical Conditioning Learn how the brain can be conditioned to respond to stimuli.
Watson and Little Albert Explore the famous case in which psychologist John Watson practiced classical conditioning on a baby.
Operant Conditioning Learn about behavioral conditioning that utilizes reward and punishment.
Shaping Learn how shaping is used to teach behaviors.
Scheduling Reinforcement Discover how dispensation of rewards and punishments affects behavior.
Prisoner's Dilemma Look at a famous dilemma in which your response shows tendencies of either selfishness or selflessness.
Observation and Insight Explore two different methods of problem solving.
Biological Limits on Conditioning See how conditioning can be affected by biological influences.
Social Cognitive Perspective: Definition, Lesson & Quiz Understand how humans learn through social contexts.
Common Behavioral Treatments: Classical Conditioning and Desensitization Look at some treatments for abnormal behavior using the behavioral approach.
Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy Assess the behavioral/learning model and address some strengths and weaknesses.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Behavioral/Learning Model of Abnormal Behavior
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The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

1. The Behavioral Model and Abnormal Functioning

What causes mental illness? Why do some people have psychological problems, while others don't? In this lesson, we'll look at one theory of abnormal psychology, the behavioral model.

Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

2. Classical Conditioning vs. Operant Conditioning: Differences and Examples

This lesson will compare classical conditioning and operant conditioning. Examples are provided and key terms associated with each type of learning are defined.

Biological Limits on Conditioning: Taste Aversion, the Garcia Effect & Instincts

3. Biological Limits on Conditioning: Taste Aversion, the Garcia Effect & Instincts

How can biological influences affect conditioning? Have you ever had food poisoning? In this lesson, you'll see how natural responses can accelerate or hinder conditioning.

Social Cognitive Perspective: Definition & Experiment

4. Social Cognitive Perspective: Definition & Experiment

In this lesson, you will learn how the social cognitive perspective helps psychologists study personality by combining the interactions of traits, thoughts, and environment.

Common Behavioral Treatments: Classical Conditioning and Desensitization

5. Common Behavioral Treatments: Classical Conditioning and Desensitization

When someone is suffering from a psychological disorder, they have many options as far as treatment goes. In this lesson, we'll look at aspects of behavioral therapy, including conditioning, counterconditioning, and desensitization.

Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy

6. Assessing the Behavioral/Learning Model in Psychotherapy

Behavioral therapy is a popular way to treat certain psychological disorders. But how well does it work? And is it the best choice? In this lesson, we'll explore the strengths and weaknesses of the behavioral model of abnormality.

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