Academic journal article Behavior and Social Issues

Rules and Metacontingencies: Reply to Sandaker

Academic journal article Behavior and Social Issues

Rules and Metacontingencies: Reply to Sandaker

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In this section we elaborate on Sandaker's (2004) point that our analysis always involves individual behavior. Operant contingencies account for the behavior of each individual participating in interlocking behavioral contingencies. The behavioral contingency that controls the behavior of one individual can be analyzed independently of other individuals' behavioral contingencies. What makes the contingencies interlocking is that the controlling environmental events for each person's behavior include elements of the behavioral contingencies of others. Any component of the operant contingencies (i.e., antecedent, behavior, consequence) or its product can be a component of the behavioral contingency of another individual. These operant contingencies are the basic elements in interlocking behavioral contingencies.

Our analysis of cultural contingencies begins with interlocking operant behavior. We are interested in why the interlocking contingencies are repeated over time. Our analysis suggests that the reason for the reiteration is that their products meet the demand of an external entity. Without that external receiving system the interlocking contingencies will no longer have a viable function.

Another point that Sandaker made is that the behavior in the interlocking contingencies is rule-governed. …

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