Glossary F

Functional analysis is defined as a central feature of behavioral assessment. In a Functional analysis, careful analyses are made of the stimuli preceding a behavior and the consequences following from it to gain a precise understanding of the causes of the behavior.

- Functional Analysis of Behavior : Functional Analysis of Behavior refers to an effort to identify as many factors as possible that could be contributing to a child’s problem behavior, thoughts, and feelings , and to develop hypotheses about which ones are the most important and/or most easily changed.

Functional architecture (of the brain) it is how the brain is organized to serve the functions it performs.
Functional conflict refers to conflict that results in increased performance or better interpersonal relations.

Functional distance refers to the closeness between two (2) places in terms of the opportunities for interaction , compared to physical distance

Functional fixedness is a hindrance in problem solving in which a person thinks of an object as having very specific functions , and is unable to see the potential uses of various objects in novel situations

Functional Fixedness refers to a hindrance in problem solving in which a person thinks of an object as having very specific functions , and is unable to see the potential uses of various objects in novel situations; problem-solving phenomenon in which people have difficulty seeing alternate uses for common objects. Functional Fixedness, moreover, is a rigidity in problem solving caused by an inability to see new uses for familiar objects; the inability to realize that something known to have a particular use may also be used for performing other functions
Functional invariants is a term used in Piaget's theory that refers to the processes of organization and adaptation that characterize all biological systems and operate throughout the life span.

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