Mirror, Mirror, in My Mind: An Ethological Approach to Shaping Student Behavior


Kimberly K. Davis, LLC, Texas


This paper introduces an ethology for understanding student behavior and creating interventions to shape positive social, emotional, and academic performance. Rooted in the principles of applied behavior analysis and learning theories, the author suggests a proactive perspective to observing and shaping student behaviors in a post-pandemic era and provides one tool for flipping and reframing a student’s mindset to promote constructive thinking and positive social behaviors.


Post-Pandemic Learning, Student Behavior, Behavioral Interventions, Mirror Neuron System, Shaping Behavior