Inside Out… Discover inner motivations behind outward behaviors, and learn healthier ways to get what we want

LEAD just hosted its fifth Coffee and Connect, which discussed the role behavioral psychology plays in our day to day lives. Here are some of the main takeaways from the event:

  1. Operant conditioning is how we form behaviors based on rewards and negative responses we receive from our environment.
    • So if we can leverage this process of reward and punishment, we can condition ourselves to exhibit behaviors we want, and to stop behaviors we don’t want.
  2. Behavior can occur for 4 main reasons:
    • Escape/Avoidance
    • Gain attention
    • Gain access
    • Automatic/Sensory
  3. We can use ABC (antecedent, behavior, consequence) data to understand patterns of behavior in our own lives. For example:
    • Antecedent: See a bag of chips
    • Behavior: Eat the whole bag of chips
    • Consequence: Get a stomach-ache

    This is obviously a toy example, but it illustrates how we can use ABC data to illuminate cause and effect in our lives.

  4. When trying to change a behavior, it is easiest to replace it with a better behavior that occurs for the same category of reason, as discussed in point 2.

LEAD would like to thank everyone who participated in this Coffee & Connect! We hope to see you all at the next one!