The Behavior Analyst Today

Covers communication between the sub disciplines within behavior analysis, such as behavioral assessment, work with various populations, basic and applied research. Publishes original research, reviews of sub disciplines, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organizations and the community, clinical work, and curriculum developments.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter

A History of Reinforcement: The Role of Reinforcement Schedules in Behavior Pharmacology
Operant behavior maintained by schedules of intermittent reinforcement has been extensively used for the investigation of the behavioral effects of drugs that affect the central nervous system. While the primary purpose of such research has been the...
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Behavior Systems Approach: A Better Explanation for Sexual Conditioning Studies
General process learning theory has accounted for many instances of both instrumental and Pavlovian conditioning. The theory suggests that general laws of learning should apply across species, regardless of what stimuli are used or what response is...
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Building Constructive Prison Environments: The Functional Utility of Applying Behavior Analysis in Prisons
The present author evaluated a correctional program that applies the principles of behavior analysis with in a "Supermax" correctional facility that housed 128 adult mate inmates with severe behavior problems. An interdisciplinary team systematically...
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Clinical Significance of the Outcome Questionnaire (OQ-45.2)
The Outcome Questionnaire-45.2 (OQ-45.2) is purported to measure important areas of functioning (symptoms, interpersonal problems social role functioning and quality of life) that are of central interest in mental health. In recent years research employing...
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From Traditional Behavioral Couple Therapy to Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy: New Research Directions
Integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT; Jacobson & Christensen, 1996) grew out of traditional behavioral couple therapy (TBCT; Jacobson & Margolin, 1979), but has expanded on this approach to emphasize the important role of acceptance...
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Functional Analytic Rehabilitation: A Contextual Behavioral Approach to Chronic Distress
The chronic distress many consumers experience may be a result of perpetuating factors associated with lifestyle rather than with the signs and symptoms associated with a formal diagnosis. Frequently, these individuals require a highly structured treatment...
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Inconspicuous Sources of Behavioral Control: The Case of Gendered Practices
Until recently, behavior analysts have remained conspicuously silent on the topic of gender. Understood as a case of socially constructed knowledge maintained by social contingencies in verbal communities, gender related processes are a pervasive aspect...
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Logical Fallacies: A Behavioral Approach to Reasoning
Important phenomena in the area of judgment and decision making may be profitably studied with behavior-analytical techniques. We discuss three examples of such research: base-rate neglect, in which people ignore critical background information in...
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Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT): Case Conceptualization
The theoretical constructs of Mode Deactivation Therapy (MDT) are based on the Mode Model (Beck, 1996), suggesting that people team from unconscious experiential components and cognitive structural processing components. Therefore, to change behavior...
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Organizational Change Applications in Behavior Analysis: A Review of the Literature and Future Directions
Implementing lasting organizational change has received an increasing amount of attention in the literature over the last 20 years. Despite this general trend, behavior analysts have been slow to address this when presenting applied research. This...
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The CBA Learning Module Series, Instructional Design, and Future Directions
Skinner (1958) described some of the early teaching machines and the behavioral technology underlying their operation. However, it wasn't until the late 1990s that the teaching machine finally came of age with the aid of modern computers and software....
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The "Early Risers" FLEX Program: A Family-Centered Preventive Intervention for Children At-Risk for Violence and Antisocial Behavior
We provide a public health prevention context for reviewing the Early Risers "Skills for Success" Program. The program is presented as the prototype of a theory-driven, developmental approach to the prevention of antisocial behavior in elementary school-aged...
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The Molar View of Behavior and Its Usefulness in Behavior Analysis
The molar view of behavior contrasts with the older, molecular view. The difference is paradigmatic, not theoretical. No experiment can decide between them, because they interpret all the same phenomena, but in different terms. The molecular view relies...
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Treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Exposure and Response Prevention
Exposure and Response (ritual) Prevention (EX/RP) for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a behaviorally based treatment that is the most effective treatment available for most patients with OCD. In this paper, we will provide a brief description...
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