Computer-based training to teach observers to accurately score problem behavior using fast forwarding at 5x normal speed

Mychal A. Machado, Kevin C. Luczynski

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Abstract

The current study evaluated whether a computer-based training program could improve observers' accuracy in scoring discrete instances of problem behavior at 5x normal speed using a multiple-baseline design across subjects. During pretraining and posttraining, observers attempted to score multiple examples of problem behavior at 5.0x without feedback. During training, participants scored multiple examples of problem behavior at 5.0x with automated feedback. Researchers measured omission (missing problem behavior) and commission (scoring other behavior as problem behavior) errors and the total duration of scoring time to determine the observers' accuracy and efficiency, respectively. After training, all participants scored instances of problem behavior with less than 11% error using 5.0x. The time required to score the videos across 90-min observations was reduced by 66%. Results extend previous evaluations of fast forwarding by demonstrating that the training program could be used to teach observers to accurately score problem behavior using a speed faster than 3.5x.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-428
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • computer-based training
  • data collection
  • fast forwarding
  • in-home video recording
  • observer training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Applied Psychology

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