Progressing toward data intimacy: A review of within-session data analysis

Tara A. Fahmie, Gregory P. Hanley

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Visual inspection of data is a common method for understanding, responding to, and communicating important behavior-environment relations in single-subject research. In a field that was once dominated by cumulative, moment-to-moment records of behavior, a number of graphic forms currently exist that aggregate data into larger units. In this paper, we describe the continuum of aggregation that ranges from distant to intimate displays of behavioral data. To aid in an understanding of the conditions under which a more intimate analysis is warranted (i.e., one that provides a richer analysis than that provided by condition or session aggregates), we review a sample of research articles for which within-session data depiction has enhanced the visual analysis of applied behavioral research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-331
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Binned analyses
  • Data analysis
  • Visual inspection
  • Within-session data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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