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Abundance Weaning
The term "abundance weaning" was created and trademarked by Phoebe Greene Linden of Santa Barbara Bird Farm. During abundance weaning, parrot breeders continue to give the chicks handfeedings while offering them solid foods to try. The birds are allowed to stay on handfeedings until they themselves decide that they are ready to eat and drink on their own. Most breeders agree that abundance weaning techniques lead to birds with more stable physical and psychological health.
Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA is the design, implementation, and evaluation of environmental modifications to produce socially significant improvement in human and animal behavior. ABA includes the use of direct observation, measurement, and functional analysis of the relations between environment and behavior. ABA is based on the science that an individuals behavior is determined by past and current environmental events in conjunction with organic variables such as genetics. Thus, it focuses on explaining behavior in terms of external events that can be modified rather than internal constructs that are beyond our control.
Behavioral Science
A scientific discipline, such as sociology, anthropology, or psychology, in which the actions and reactions of humans and animals are studied through observational and experimental methods.
Science
Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge. This system uses observation and experimentation to describe and explain natural phenomena. The term science also refers to the organized body of knowledge people have gained using that system.
Scientific Method
Principles and procedures for the systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observation and experiment, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.