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BEHP1152: Understanding the Observer Effect and How to Leverage its Benefits

Time limit: 60 days
1.5 credits

$19.50 Enroll

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Time: 1 hour, 24 minutes 
Credit: 1.5 Learning BACB CEs

Allison King, M.S., BCBA

Course Description: Explores how one’s performance on a given task can be improved by observing someone else perform that same task—a phenomenon called the observer effect. The observer effect has many applied benefits for behavior analysts and practitioners in the areas of behavioral science, training and development and leadership development. Includes a brief review of historical observational learning research and a comprehensive analysis of recent applied research on the observer effect. Concludes with techniques for using the observer effect to make a positive impact on various clinical and organizational applications of behavior analysis.


  • Describe how the observer effect is relevant to behavior analysis in terms of radical behaviorism’s scientific assumptions.
  • Identify the main findings from historical observational learning research.
  • Explain the outcomes from applications of the observer effect to improving client outcomes, employees’ safety-related behaviors and patient satisfaction.
  • List examples of how the observer effect can be used in practice to improve client outcomes, employee performance and supervisory skills.

Keywords: Learning, observer effect, applied behavior analysis, training, leadership

This course is recommended for individuals interested in observational learning and effective training and development techniques. Knowledge of concepts and principles of behavior analysis is needed.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.


These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)