Research Paper Instructions
You will write a 2-3-page, APA formatted, research paper that will aid you in the Behavior Modification Project. You should reference your textbook and at least 4 additional peer-reviewed journal articles. The research paper will include a title page, 2-3 page body, and references page. The body of your research paper will have an introduction, a section on your target behavior, a section on your treatment method, and a conclusion. You can give section I and section II appropriate APA titles for your paper. Subsections are optional.
The first section (the behavior) will focus on peer-reviewed research that others have already done on your target behavior, or a similar behavior. This behavior must be a personal behavior you desire to modify in yourself. You are not allowed to select a behavior to modify in someone else (ex. child’s behavior, spouse behavior, co-worker behavior) Consider how did previous research studied this behavior? What treatment did previous research use? Was the treatment effective?
The second section of your paper will require you to research the treatment you intend to use to change your behavior. Choose one of the chapters from your textbook (Reinforcement, Token Economies, Behavioral Contracts, Using Punishment: Time-Out and Response Cost, etc.). You also should cite any peer-reviewed journal articles that focus on your treatment method, or in which the authors used it to treat their target behavior.