What is Behavior Analysis?

"The field of Behavior Analysis grew out of the scientific study of principles and learning. It has two main branches: experimental and applied behavior analysis.  The experimental analysis (EAB) is the basic science of the field and has  decades of accumulated, substantial and well-respected research literature.  This literature provides the scientific foundation for applied behavior analysis (ABA).  (www.bacb.com) 

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

"Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the science in which procedures derived from the principles of behavior are systematically applied to improve socially significant behavior to a meaningful degree and to demonstrate experimentally that the procedures emplyed were responsible for the improvement in behavior."  (Cooper, Heron and Heward, 2007).  Simply put, ABA  involves using strategeies that have been shown to be effective in changing behaviors in a controlled setting to change behaviors in the "real world."