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Functional Behavior, Psychology

"Functional Behavior, Psychology" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

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Behaviors driven by distinct MOTIVATION factors that have functionally specific consequences for PERCEPTION; COGNITION, and behavior. Functional behavior often refers to behaviors that appear to be problematic or situationally inappropriate, but have a functional purpose based on the cognitive or motivational state of the individual.

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