The project sounded straightforward enough, it was to pick a behavior and modify it. The instructions were clean, cold, and calculated, akin to the mood of my beloved behaviorists. Understanding the genius of this project was not the difficult part, I was eager to begin to test my ability at applying the knowledge of behavioral modification. The difficult part for me was finding the motivation to act on that understand. At the start I thought it would be a simple application of knowledge that would require some jumping through hoops and mental trickery to become interesting. However, that began to change with each pencil mark on my behavioral log indicating that I’ve picked at my lip once again. As these marks accumulated so did thoughts that fed my curiosity. Like why do I engage in behavior that are obviously harmful, why are behaviors so difficult to change once they become habit and why do the answers still evade me ever after studying them? Thinking back throughout my life and seeing this pattern of acting without really knowing why that fit perfectly into that present moment drove me to a state of near epiphany. That process created a driving need to get the most out of this project making it successful because it taught me rich lessons about human behavior, behavior modification and my ability of creating behavior treatment plans. All of which are highly useful areas of expertise that will, if mastered bring wealth beyond imagination. When creating my behavioral
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The behaviour modified for this self-directed behaviour change project is smoking. Smoking was selected as the behaviour I wish to change because it is known that tobacco use is the leading cause of premature, preventable death and disease (Edwards, Bondy, Callaghan, & Mann, 2014). Smoking is a behaviour that has been recently initiated; I started smoking occasionally in August 2013 (one cigarette a few times a week) and intended to buy only the one pack. However over a period of several months, my smoking has increased. The rationale for this choosing this target behaviour is that it is still a relatively
Experimenters obtained feedback from each participant’s clinical team that demonstrated that they were having difficulty making progress toward certain goal areas that behavior chaining could be applied.
I have designed a project-based activity that takes advantage of the six Cs of motivation.
At the beginning of the year my project proposal was to do research on concussions and learn what sports are most impacted by concussions, how kids and adults sustain concussions, and the symptoms. Through my work and research I feel I have met my research goal. During the year my mentor, Mrs. Wollenburg, and I worked together to find new studies about concussions and new research that went deep into the process of concussions. When all was said and done, I followed my plan throughout the whole year and I used the learner profile Fairness and development because during this time working I could have changed the subject for my 8th grade project and went to another topic that could have been easier or better to do but I
My goal for this project was to strictly reduce the number of soft drinks I was in-taking. I chose this as my goal because I considered myself to drink too many sodas, even my family members pointed it out. My target behavior was to reduce the consumption of soft drinks each week. I was going to change my diet and I needed the support of my friends and family to successfully reach my goal. I told my friends and family about the upcoming project and asked for their help. My friends and family were very supportive of me during the period of this project. Every time we went out to eat they always reminded me that I set a goal to stop drinking soft drinks. Even if I was just at home and opened the fridge, my siblings or parents would jump right on me about drinking sodas. The biggest suggestion they gave me was that every time I craved soda, to choose an alternative. Through my journey in accomplishing this goal, I expected many changes. The way I felt about my body changed, I experienced less gas, burping, and lost weight.
As I stared at the behemoth of a project standing before me at four in the morning, wondering if it would ever be done, I asked myself a simple question: “Why?” Why had I taken on this huge assignment? Why had I come up with this crazy idea? Why had I made this project into something bigger than it had to be? Looking back, the answer is simple - I love a challenge.
However, I knew there must have been ways I could fix this. I had already took small steps when my teacher announced a self-improvement project, and this is when I knew I had to start. I decided that, if nothing, I would record my problems more accurately, and to go about this endeavor could not make things worse. Though not everything I did was helpful, this project has undoubtedly helped me.
My health goal was to change my eating habits. I chose this goal because I have a bad habit of not eating as well as I should. Although I usually do not eat fast food, I eat a lot of carbs. I was raised in an Italian family so macaroni and pizza are my two worst enemies. I figured that if I used this project to get rid of my bad eating habits, I would have an easier time eating healthy after this class ends. Before starting the project I realized that there will be challenges, but this project was not meant to be simple. If behavior change was simple, then anyone would be able to change behavior whenever they wanted to.
The project I chose was project 3a.: Social Psychology on TV and the purpose of it was to evaluate a clip of a TV show and demonstrate how it illustrates social psychological concepts. I took an episode of a TV show named “The Big Bang Theory”, season 6 episode 4, and then evaluated a 4-minute clip in which the protagonist, Sheldon, is showing 2 social psychological concepts: prototypes and priming. I originally expected the outcome to be those concepts because I believed the actions in which Sheldon were participating in was in correlation to what the concepts are and because “The Big Bang Theory” is a show in which intellectual individuals interact with each other meaning for some interesting and awkward situations.
The behavior I have chosen to do my modification program on is increasing the amount of time I work out every time I go to the gym until I reach my target goal. My target goal is to work out for an hour and half every time I go to the gym in the morning. When I go to the gym I will be taking a stop watch to time the amount of time I work out to verify that I reached my goal as well as mark my calendar every day that I go stating how long I worked out for. To make sure I was committed to the goal I wrote down six reasons/benefits of making this behavior change that are both short term and long term. They are feeling better about myself throughout the day, getting to wear the dress I want to be able to fit by my birthday on July 24th, increasing my endurance for marathons, improving my mood, sleeping better, also something to enjoy doing with my husband. There are many more but these are the ones I placed on my bathroom mirror, on my desk lamp at work, on my dashboard in my car, the table next to my front door that holds my gym bag and shoes, on my fridge and in my husband’s truck in case he drives. I also let my husband know my goal and also invited him to come with me so he could monitor that I am actually sticking with my plan daily. I also had stated the table next to the door holds my gym bag and shoes so if I was to walk outside I automatically see them there taunting me to take them and go to the gym. I also put a reminder on my phone each day of my goal and why it
My overall experience with the behavior change project was positive, as I was able to successfully change my sleeping habits. Although there were times when sticking to my behavior change plan was extremely difficult, I was able to stay on track and change my sleeping habits. As a result of my behavior change, I now feel healthier and less fatigued. Because of these physical improvements, important areas of my life, such as school and sports, have improved also. My performance in the classroom and on the basketball court has noticeably become better after making this behavior change.
My Sae project is called “Why Dog Is Dog”. Its a study of my dog Luna . She's a Jack Russell mix. My project was originally me training my other dog Bruno. I decided to switch from my project “How To Dog” because it wasn't going the way I wanted it to go. I Found myself struggling and losing interest with training Bruno because he's not very intelligent or i'm a bad trainer not sure which one it was .I'm studying Luna and not Bruno because Luna personality is just like mine childish and goofy. So now i'm doing research on Lunas aesthetics, the history behind her breeds , her actions , and behavior. I've been recording my data in a notebook of everyday interaction that seem odd or funny and transfer the notes into a document . I'm at the beginning
In March, my PSYC class was presented with a challenge - to identify a personal improvement goal and to address this issue using an Immunity to Change map. My lengthy list of personal struggles was quickly narrowed down to one item with focused reflection. My improvement goal was to engage in productive thoughts and behaviors that would provide better time management practices. I was initially looking to improve my behaviors at home so that it would translate into success in all areas of my life including my career. With thoughtful observation and consideration, the Immunity to Change (ITC) map provided a developmentally raw process that continues to help me focus on my improvement goal today. Although I am still working on this goal,
In the beginning of this passion project I was a bit skeptical at first on whether or not the topic of school locker room replacements was the right project topic for me. I did not decide right away if I wanted this to be my project topic until the very last day when it was my final day to decide it. When my group and I first started the project I had an abundance of questions on how we would research, what questions we will have to ask ourselves, should be find expert opinions, and even how we would start the project to begin with. Gradually I was worried, but the more we worked on it the more and more I started to figure out the answers to all my questions I had been wanting an answer to; and this was only in the first three weeks of the project.
When most people are assigned a project, they take the easiest route they can to still get an A. I on the other hand like to push myself and learn when I complete a project. My mindset of "What's the point of doing the project if I don't push myself to go over the top?" started at a young age. In second grade we had to research a dinosaur and create a poster with a drawing of the dinosaur and a bunch of facts. The day the project was introduced to the class, we were sitting in the computer lab on a website that listed a multitude of different dinosaurs. Most of the kids in my class wanted to stick with looking into something they already knew a bit about. So that meant that half of my class was researching the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a handful of