n. in the study of of behavior, refers to a ranking of possible behavioral responses based on the relative probablity that each of them will be elicited from a person. As a result, more-probable behaviors rank higher than those which are less-probable. Also called behavioral hierarchy.
BEHAVIOR HIERARCHY: "In the behavior hierarchy, behaviors which are more-probable are ranked higher than those which are less-probable."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "BEHAVIOR HIERARCHY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behavior-hierarchy/ (accessed March 20, 2023).