Association for Behavior Analysis International

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38th Annual Convention; Seattle, WA; 2012

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Panel #121
CE Offered: BACB
Everything You Know About the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Is Wrong; Or Is It?
Sunday, May 27, 2012
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
608 (Convention Center)
Area: EAB/TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Richard W. Malott, Ph.D.
Chair: Richard W. Malott (Western Michigan University)
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
CYNTHIA J. PIETRAS (Western Michigan University)
MARK P. REILLY (Central Michigan University)

Here are some of the topics we may touch on, though we will have time for only a few: (1) The relation between experimental and applied research in behavior analysis. (2) Why bridging research gets it wrong. (3) Why basic research gets it wrong. (4) Preschool fatalism. (5) Pre-PhD fatalism: Why you will agree with practically none of this presentation. (6) The little boy with a new hammer who tries to fix everything by hitting it with his wonderful hammer. (7) Why the worst thing Skinner ever did was invent schedules of reinforcement. (8) An erroneous analysis of schedules of reinforcement and cigarette smoking. (9) Why delayed-discounting is irrelevant to almost anything of importance. (10) Why grandma's wisdom is wrong. (11) The myth of poor self-control. (12) The truth about poor self-control. (13) Rule-governed vs. contingency-controlled behavior. (14) Why operationalization provides only a false sense of intellectual security. (15) The shiftless paradigm. (16) Why most of the panel members disagree with most of this. (17) Why none of this represents the official position of ABAI.

Keyword(s): basic research, bridging research, schedules, self-control



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