BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TASK (BAT)

n. a behavioral approach test which is used to assess the level of fear and avoidance for specific situations. The feared situation is usually associated with a phobia. Thus, the technique applied is to encourage an individual to approach the feared situation to a level where he or she cannot go any further.Physical symptoms like heart rate and other variables are measured, while escape and avoidance strategies are observed.

BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TASK (BAT): "Because the Behavioral Approach Task (BAT) is more of a test, it is also known as the Behavioral Approach Test."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TASK (BAT)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behavioral-approach-task-bat/ (accessed June 18, 2019).
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