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Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Program Domains

 

Basic Research: research that primarily contributes to knowledge about fundamental principles of behavior; target behavior is selected based on scientific goals rather than social significance (can include verbal behavior in humans); any species; theoretically driven; data-based; premium placed on experimental control; activity carried out under auspices of research protocol.

 

Applied Research: research that primarily contributes to knowledge about how/why interventions, service delivery systems, or their components achieve desired behavior change; target behavior selected on basis of its social significance; human emphasis; intervention designed to improve performance or adaptive functioning of individuals or behavioral systems; data-based; development of new technology for behavior change; activity carried out under auspices of research protocol.

 

Service Delivery: intervention-driven activity to produce desired behavior change rather than to identify how/why interventions, service delivery systems, or their components achieve those goals; extension of existing technology to new setting or population; also may include public policy, regulatory, ethical, and related service-delivery issues.

 

Theory: theoretical; conceptual; integrative statements about organizations of facts; interpretations; mathematical models/quantitative analyses; also can include historical and philosophical analyses or reviews.

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