Lisa Longo
Lisa Longo

Facing Ourselves

Analyzing and Modifying Our Own Behaviors

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1 January 2021


Human learners
Level 1

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May 2020

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Modifying one’s own behavior, reducing those we consider undesirable or increasing those we like, is not that different than modifying the behavior of our animals/children/students.


The laws and principles are the same.

Understanding how our own behaviors work is key to knowing how to change them.


We all behave as best as we can, based on our current skills and knowledge.

Mark Twain Quote 18

Mark Twain said “giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times”. This is of course what we all want to avoid. When facing ourselves, we want our plan to succeed from the first trial.


This six weeks course offers an introduction to tools and techniques to modify our own undesirable behaviors and, above all, to learn good ones instead, so that these last for the long term.


The behaviors seen during these six weeks can be diverse and varied.
So this course can be for you if you want to understand how to:

  • lose weight,
  • increase your physical activity,
  • stop biting your nails,
  • stop procrastinating,
  • be better organized,
  • take your dog out more often,
  • quit smoking,
  • and so on.

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⚠️ This course is absolutely not a substitute for a follow-up with a health professional or expert in human behavior!

If your behavior has a significant impact on your physical or mental health, we recommend personalized follow-up with a health professional.

Not having a formal background in human behavior, this course is a personal vision of the principles and practices of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) that I learned over the years.


In this course, we will offer an introduction that will hopefully give you a new perspective on your behavior.

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As an expert in the animal field, Lisa Longo brings here a first approach on how to modify human behavior, one’s own human behavior. The course evokes the different main concepts of procedures in applied behavior analysis. Examples and definitions are appreciated for their accuracy and simplicity. I recommend this course for novices and those who want to deepen certain notions!


Alexandra Lecestre, BCBA psychologist (


Syllabus :


Week 1

S1-1 Tromplo Welcome
S1-2 My story
S1-3 Popular definitions
S1-4 What is a behavior ?
S1-5 Labels
S1-6 Operationalizing
S1-7 Why me ?
S1-8 Data collection
S1-9 Self-monitoring
S1-10 Creating a chart with Excel
S1-11 Goals
S1-12 Homework

Week 2

S2-1 The different types of learning
S2-2 Classical conditioning (or respondant conditioning)
S2-3 Counterconditioning
S2-4 Operant conditioning (or instrumental conditioning)
S2-5 Positive reinforcement
S2-6 Negative reinforcement
S2-7 Positive punishment
S2-8 Negative punishment
S2-9 The behavior’s future frequency
S2-10 What works ?
S2-11 Homework

Week 3

S3-1 The behavior’s function
S3-2 The ABC scheme
S3-3 Distant antecedents
S3-4 Motivating operations
S3-5 Immediate antecedent
S3-6 The consequence
S3-7 Prediction
S3-8 Writing the scheme
S3-9 Summary diagram
S3-10 Homework

Week 4

S4-1 Motivation
S4-2 Procrastination
S4-3 Hierarchy of behavior-change procedures
S4-4 Intrusive, coercive and dangerous procedures
S4-5 Health and behavior
S4-6 Self-management
S4-7 Selfcontrol and Willpower
S4-8 Antecedent arrangements
S4-9 Homework

Week 5

S5-1 Positive reinforcement
S5-2 Reinforcers
S5-3 How works a reinforcer ?
S5-4 Self-praise
S5-5 Schedules of reinforcement
S5-6 Differential reinforcement
S5-7 Premack Principle
S5-8 Homework

Week 6

S6-1 Generalization
S6-2 Gather informations
S6-3 The behavior-change plan
S6-4 My experience
S6-5 Data collection
S6-6 TAGteach (lesson reviewed by Theresa McKeon and Joan Orr)
S6-7 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and others
S6-8 Habit Reversal Training (HRT)
S6-9 Conclusion
S6-10 Homework
S6-11 End


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