The phenomenology of behavior: An overview of behavioral principles

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Noncognitive behavioral symptoms are common in dementia and present challenges to caregivers, clinicians, and researchers. This article reviews these noncognitive symptoms from a behavioral point of view and suggests that both operant and associative conditioning principles might apply. A central feature underlying these approaches is a detailed, specific description of the behavior. Careful description combines the approach of the phenomenologist and the behaviorist but remains underappreciated and underdeveloped.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-65
Number of pages5
JournalAlzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders
Issue numberSUPPL. 3
StatePublished - 1994



  • Behavior disorder
  • Behavior therapy
  • Dementia
  • Noncognitive symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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