Sequences of behavior: They are not always chains

Dr. Joe Layng
Presentation given at the 2019 Conference

Behavior sequences fall into three distinct categories: chained sequences, tandem sequences, and conjunctive sequences. Each is defined by the contingency requirement placed on the behavior. For chained sequences, criteria follow each response in the series and create the conditions for the next response to occur. For tandem sequences, the criteria specify an order of behavior, that is, the requirement is placed on a specified series as a unit. For conjunctive sequences the terminal criteria require specific behaviors be completed, but the order may vary. This presentation will discuss and provide examples of the three types of sequences, and describe the importance of making these distinctions for training both humans and animals.

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