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CRJ 622 Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)

Learning serves as the basis for behavior change. In the field of criminal justice, programs often attempt to rehabilitate delinquents and offenders. This is an advanced course on principles of learning. This course will cover studies of principles of learning from relatively simple animal studies to more complex issues such as the acquisition of human language. We will outline from a behavior analytic perspective on such issues as thinking, feeling, and imagining. We will follow the structure of Catania’s text including an overview of learning processes, learning without words in an evolutionary context, and with words examining memory.