Functional analysis, or A.B.C. analysis is one of those aspects of Applied Behaviour Analysis that can kind of hurt your head when you are first introduced to it. It’s not a way any of us are ever taught how to think about behavior in normal life, so it can take a while and can sometimes feel like the pain is really not worth the effort. Anyway, all we really have to learn about is treat delivery…right?
WRONG! SO WRONG! And that, my dear training nerd friends, is VERY EXCITING!
I am going to take you on a journey in this session, a journey into the amazing world of ANTECEDENTS. Not just “cues”, not just “get your hand out of your treat bag”, but a really in-depth, sight-seeing tour. By immersing ourselves into this different way of looking at our animal’s experiences; what they are learning and what information they come to predict from different situations and environments, we gain an amazing new perspective and I can guarantee you will leave with more ability to understand, interpret and predict behavior in your real world training than you can dream. This skill is one of the main reasons people think I’m smart, but don’t tell anyone I’m really not… I just know my ABCs.