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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Symposium #227
Interbehaviorism and Interbehavioral Psychology
Sunday, May 25, 2008
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Area: DEV/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This symposium addresses Kantor's philosophy of interbehaviorism and his system of interbehavioral psychology. The nature and value of a coherent, comprehensive system of science is discussed along with more detailed discussions of its investigative, interpretive, and applied subsystems. Finally, the value of Kantor's integrated field perspective for effective interdisciplinary relations is discussed.
Interbehaviorism as a Scientific System.
MARIANNE L. JACKSON (University of Nevada, Reno), Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This paper outlines the scientific system of interbehaviorism described by Kantor. We discuss the bi-directional interactions of cultural influences, the logic of science, meta-systemic assumptions, and the scientific system itself. We describe the nature of the subsystems of a scientific system, namely, those of investigation, application, and interpretation. Finally, we will emphasize the importance of consistency within such a scientific system and how this can be achieved.
Interbehavioral Investigation and Interpretation.
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The science of interbehavioral psychology is often confused with the philosophy of interbehaviorism. As a result, interbehavioral psychology is held to be lacking the investigative practices and products characteristic of other scientific enterprises, specifically, behavior analysis. This paper addresses the nature of interbehavioral investigation and interpretation, focusing on their aims, methods, and outcomes. The relation and value of each of these subsystems to the other, and to the system of interbehavioral psychology as a whole are discussed.
Interbehavioral Applications.
MITCH FRYLING (University of Nevada, Reno), Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The relationship between philosophy and application is widely misunderstood and often underappreciated. Interbehaviorism has a number of important implications for applied work in behavior analysis. This paper outlines some ways in which interbehaviorism may inform applied research and practice in naturalistic settings. In particular, the implications of Kantor's description of the investigative situation and integrated field are discussed.
Interbehaviorism and Interdisciplinary Science.
YUKIKO WASHIO (University of Nevada, Reno), Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The fact that all scientific work entails the behavior of scientists affords great opportunity for behavior science to enter into interdisciplinary relations with other scientific enterprises. Effective interdisciplinary relations depend on a number of factors, among them clarity on the parts of the participating disciplinary enterprises as to their unique subject matters, and a philosophical perspective as to the relations among these subject matters that take advantage of this uniqueness. This paper focuses on the value of an integrated field perspective in the achievement of productive interdisciplinary science.



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