Discussion- Motivating Operations

After you have completed the assigned Readings for Unit 5, post your initial response to the following Discussion topic. Your primary post should be no less than 350 words in length. Your primary post must be specific, concise, and substantive. After you have submitted your primary post, review the primary posts of your classmates and respond specifically and substantially (no less than 100 words) to at least two other students.

Topic 1: Motivating Operations

What are Motivating Operations (MO) and why is this behavior concept so important for a Functional Behavioral Assessment? In your response please outline the specific definition of the concept and review two of the various types of MO’s. Be sure to include references to both conditioned and unconditioned MO’s in your primary post. Conclude your response with a real-life example to bolster your post.



Groth-Marnat, Gary (2003). Handbook of Psychological Assessment 4th ed. John Wiley & Sons.

Miltenberger, R. G. (2016). Behavior modification: Principles and procedures (6th ed.).

Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

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