behaviors selected for study with a multiple baseline design should,

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There are many different types of research designs that can be used to study behavior, and the multiple baseline design is one such type. The guidelines for selecting behaviors for this type of design are important because you want to make sure that your results will not be biased by a single factor. This post provides an overview of these guidelines and discusses some examples from published studies where they were followed or violated. Keyword: Behavior Selection In order to reduce bias from a single factor, multiple baseline design requires the behaviors targeted for study be selected in advance. The guidelines below are intended as a checklist and should not be considered an exhaustive list of every possible consideration that may apply: -The behavior must have been present prior to subject selection or induction into the experimental group  -The

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should satisfy criteria for assessment with operant procedures (i.e., it can only occur on command)  -There must be no evidence of carryover between control phases within each phase series  -If there is more than one independent variable being examined, then they cannot overlap in time so their effects don’t combine One example where these rules were


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