Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Panel #447
PDS: The Importance of Philosophical Assumptions in Behavior Analysis: Applications for Researchers and Practitioners
Monday, May 29, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom F/G
Area: PCH/PRA; Domain: Theory
Chair: William Root (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale)
JAY MOORE (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
MITCH FRYLING (California State University, Los Angeles)
DAVID C. PALMER (Smith College)

The philosophy of the science of behavior serves as the foundation for the technical and applied house of behavior analysis. As illustrated by B. F. Skinner, Radical Behaviorism offers an elegant account of both public and private behavior in terms of the functional relationship between environmental events and behavior. Radical Behaviorism offers a set of philosophical assumptions that help to guide the scientist and the applied work being used in the field. This PDS event will focus on three of the philosophical assumptions of Radical Behaviorism, and their importance for researchers and practitioners. The presenters for this panel will be Jay Moore, Mitch J. Fryling, and David C. Palmer. All three presenters have published research and essays that have contributed to the precision and scope of the core tenets of applied behavior analysis, offering invaluable insights into the relationship between philosophy and practice. As the field of applied behavior analysis disseminates into new avenues of research and practice, a continued dialogue on these theoretical underpinnings is important to help ensure consistency between science and practice.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Determinism, Philosophy, Radical Behaviorism



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