1st Edition

Talk Behavior to Me The Routledge Dictionary of the Top 150 Behavior Analytic Terms and Translations

By Kendall Ryndak Samuel, BCBA Copyright 2025
    112 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    112 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Talk Behavior to Me provides a unique and comprehensive resource for those seeking to understand the science of behavior analysis. The publication features direct translations of the 150 most commonly used terms in the field, making it the first of its kind to provide clear and accessible explanations of behavior analytic jargon.

    One of the book's standout features is its coverage of the many branches of behavior analysis, including applications in sports, fitness, forensics, organizational behavior management, public health, environmental sustainability, animal behavior training, and more. With this breadth of coverage, the book offers a valuable resource for practitioners and scholars alike, providing a single source for understanding the full range of behavior analytic practices. To further support readers, it includes illustrations throughout, which serve to clarify complex concepts and deepen the reader's understanding. Additionally, each chapter includes tips and lessons for practical application of concepts.

    Its accessible language, practical examples, and comprehensive coverage make Talk Behavior to Me an essential addition to the library of scholars, practitioners, and students alike.

    List of Figures                                                                                                             



    List of Contributors                                                                                                    

    Chapter 1: Life is Never the Same After Studying Behavior Analysis                        

    Chapter 2: Social Media Success                                                                               

    Chapter 3: Keep it Simple                                                                                          

    Chapter 4: Learning a New Language                                                                       

    Chapter 5: What Kind of Behavior?                                                                           

    Chapter 6: Switch it Up                                                                                              

    Chapter 7: Please, Thank You, and No Fancy Words                                                 

    Chapter 8: Different Definitions                                                                                 

    Chapter 9: Is There a Word for That?                                                                         

    Chapter 10: The Other Side of the Argument                                                             

    Chapter 11: Others Selling Behavior Science                                                            

    Chapter 12: Life Changing Tips                                                                                 



    Kendall Ryndak Samuel is a board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA) who has worked in various sub-specialties of behavior analysis, including dissemination, behavioral sports psychology, organizational behavior management, and autism.

    This exciting new resource deciphers the complex jargon of behavior analysis, making it accessible to a broader audience. By bridging the gap between specialists and the general public, Talk Behavior to Me performs a crucial service in expanding the reach and understanding of behavior analysis. It's a must-read for anyone looking to communicate more effectively in this field, offering clear translations with fun yet practical examples that illuminate the science of behavior.

     Dr. Derek Reed, Director of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc.


    Applied behavior analysts need resources to support accessible communication with people outside of the field. This dictionary is a great tool for behavior analysts who want to improve their communication with clients, stakeholders, and colleagues. The scenarios provided are relatable examples that span many facets of practice and life and can serve as a user-friendly introduction to the science of human behavior.

    Dr. Kimberly Marshall, BCBA-D, Director of Graduate Studies, Program Coordinator, and Lecturer, Master's Program in Applied Behavior Analysis, University of Oregon