2.11 Using Non-Technical Terminology

Non-technical terminology is acceptable to use to help initiate conversations with individuals who do not have extensive behavioral training, such as medical professionals, academic colleagues, non-behavior analytic colleagues, and parents and families. In contrast, it is unacceptable for a behavior analyst to initiate a discussion about behavior in mentalistic terms.

Type of TerminologyAccurate?Precise?
A bunch of individuals strolling through a corridor in a medical center.
Medical Professionals
A man and woman having a conversation using non-technical terminology at a desk in an office.
Academic Colleagues
A woman is giving a presentation to a group of people in a meeting room, using non-technical terminology.
Non-Behavior Analytic Colleagues
A woman and child enjoying quality time on a couch while reading a book.
Parents and Families
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