Serial Dependency in Single-Case Time Series
The idea that behavior is not random is fundamental to the concept of psychological and behavioral sciences. Behavior emanates from an indi vidual organism and inevitably forms a chronological sequence. Thus, psychological science needs to establish, inter alia, models of the pat terns of behavior as ordered in time. The same may be said of the underlying psychological and physico-chemical substrates that have been presumed to be involved in the causation of this behavior. In the ideal of science these models are thought to be valuable both as repre sentations of knowledge about the causal phenomena and as tools for building an applied science, a technology of prediction and evaluation. Indeed, this technological goal is exemplified in this book, wherein timeseries designs are discussed as a tool for investigation and management of individual cases.