Explanation Behind Observed Human Behavior Essay

Length: 5 pages Sources: 5 Subject: Theory Type: Essay Paper: #82719810 Related Topics: Operant Conditioning, Bf Skinner, Observation, Attachment Theory
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Human behavior observation that will be made here entails observing a willing participant who is a student at a local college. The observation will run through five days with each observation span lasting 30 minutes from 9:00 PM which is the time that the college library closes and 9:30 PM which is the regular time that the participating student indicated that he usually sleep. This timing was deemed appropriate since it would not significantly interfere with the academic activities of the student as the behavior observation exercise was meant to uphold the rights of the student and the ethics necessary. The aim of the observation will be to see if there are any behavioral changes in the participant across the week from Monday through to Friday and to locate the possible causes of these behavioral changes.

The college is located away from any major town and majority of the students live within the student housing units where they interact freely and frequently. There are a number of degrees that are offered in the college, from the science-based to the social sciences hence a mixture of students pursuing different degrees. The college is based on liberal principles and there is no specific religion or denomination that enforces its principles on the students studying in the college or occupying their housing units. Within the campus, there are open bars and fast food joints where students can have their meals and refreshments. The common practice therein is that students have a roommate that they live with during their studies, often a friend.

Day 1 (Monday 9:00pm)

The student arrived at his hostel room, looking tired and worn out, spent ten minutes checking through his schedule for the following day. He made a call to his parents, shared with them how his day was and the plans he had for the next day. He then sorted out his clothes that he would use for the next day and headed into his bed without even waiting for his roommate to arrive. Notably he read his


The participant never seemed to bother about time as was the case on Monday. He confirmed that his Wednesday classes commenced from11:00 am and he had handled all his class related work for the following day. He made a phone call to his parents to know their whereabouts and those of the siblings. The friends settled to watch television and the observation time elapsed when they were still glued to the screen.

Day 3 (Wednesday 9:00 PM)

The participant never arrived in his room as was the case the previous two days once he left the library. This prompted a curious wait but 20 minutes into the wait, the participant was courteous enough to call and excuse himself. He indicated that he was going to come back to the room quite late and that he had gone out with friends to watch a movie. He indicated that the following day he never had any classes and that he did not go to the library that evening. His reason for going out of the college to watch a movie was that his roommate had suggested and pushed him into submission so he obliged and they would be back with him. The observation of the day was made through phone and the activities documented.

Day 4 (Thursday 9:00 PM)

The participant arrived in his hostel soon after leaving the library and busied himself with the preparation for the material that he would use for the following day early class. He set aside the clothes that he would use for the following day. He counter checked his assignments to ensure they were all ready for presentation the following day. The participant then called his parents for a short talk on his progress. He soon after that headed to his bed, read his bible, said a prayer and slept without having enquired anything of the roommate who was in the room busy on his phone. The participant slept within 20 minutes of arriving in the room and the observation ended at that.

Day 5 (Friday 9:00 PM)

The participant arrived in the room in company of many other students numbering to seven of them. From the look of…

Sources Used in Documents:


McLeod S., (2007). Skinner --Operant Conditioning. Retrieved September 30, 2015 from http://www.simplypsychology.org/operant-conditioning.html

National Academy of Sciences, (2011). The Science of Adolescent Risk Taking: Workshop Report. Retrieved September 30, 2015 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK53409/

Verial D., (2014). The Effects of Environment on a Child's Behavior. Retrieved September 30, 2015 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/122830-effects-environment-childs-behavior/

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