Behavior Modification Essay

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Behavior Modification Paper March 25, 2011 Part I- Operational Definitions For my behavior modification project, I wanted to decrease my portion size at mealtime. It is important to me because I feel I overeat at mealtimes and I can feel it in the way my clothes fit. If I increase my water intake before meals then I will decrease the portion size, as a result, I will eat less. For this project, the operational definition- one bottle of water is one serving size equal to one liter- for my target behavior- to consume less food at mealtime. The treatment of negative reinforcement- taking away something bad- in my case, overeating, should reduce my portion size. I will apply negative reinforcement when I drink one liter of water to fill my stomach rather than fill it with food before each meal to decrease the amount of food I consume, thereby, fitting back comfortably in my clothes again. Part II- Baseline Phase During the baseline phase, I recorded the amount of water I drank before each meal for the required seven days of information for the baseline phase and broke down the mealtimes down to AM for breakfast, NOON for lunch, and PM for dinner (see chart below). |Water consumed during mealtime baseline phase | | | | |Date |3/10/2011 |3/11/2011 |3/12/2011 |3/13/2011 |3/14/2011 |3/15/2011 |3/16/2011 | |Water: AM |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS | |NOON |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS | |PM |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0 LITERS |0

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