So, you want to learn a little bit about behavior analysis? That’s awesome! But where the heck do you get started? It’s a little overwhelming for folks who just want to “jump in” to the field - this is a profession that loves acronyms and field-specific jargon. And, let’s be honest - there’s plenty of redundant terminology, too.
From the outside, listening to two behavior analysts talk kinda sounds like people speaking a foreign language, or maybe like reading a teenagers text messages: you hear exchanges consisting of cryptic acronyms, baffling terminology... nothing makes sense anymore. You might have even taken a few classes in psychology in undergrad, so words like “stimulus” aren’t scary to you, yet you hear people talking about echoics, mands, tacts... it just goes on and on. Someone says “es-dee”, “em-oh”, ABC, BCaBA, IRT, QWERTY... alright, I made that last one up. But the jist is there’s a lot of terminology being thrown about and nobody is any damn sense.
WARNING: what follows is a rough draft, and I have not cited any sources. I plan to, but as a good scientist, you should always be very skeptical when some guy on the internet says a bunch of stuff without backing any of it up with some kind of supporting evidence.