|International Paper Session - Perspectives on the Future of Behavior-Analytic Science
|Sunday, May 25, 2008
|4:30 PM–5:20 PM
|Chair: Richard E. Laitinen (Palm Springs Unified School District)
|Experimental and Applied Research on Derived Conditional Relations: Converting a Subject Matter of Great Promise Into a Discipline that Transforms the Structure of Behavior Analysis.
|RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Palm Springs Unified School District)
|Abstract: The Kantian dictum, "percepts without concepts are blind, concepts without percepts are empty." Skinner's Verbal Behavior, self-admitted as being heavily weighted on the latter side of Kant's dictum, represents an inductive simulacrum lacking the interpenetrative effect of the "pure" data which arises from a transaction of related concepts and percepts. Recent research on derived conditional responding provides this missing transaction of concepts and percepts and provides a data-base suggesting a reformulation of the precision, scope and breadth of basic and applied behavior analysis.
|Inside the Black Box: Reflections on the Future of Behavior Analysis in the XXI Century.
|ANDREE FLEMING-HOLLAND (Universidad Veracruzana)
|Abstract: The experimental analysis of behavior is based upon the concept of operational definition and measurement. This came about as an historical necessity due to the prevalent mentalism of the 1930´s and 1940´s reflected in the increasing popularity of psychoanalysis. Today´s technology permits us an increasing ability to measure inside the "black box", which calls for new paradigms in the experimental analysis of behavior. It also implies a need for broadening our horizons both in research and teaching in order to keep behavior analysis in the vanguard of scientific psychological research. There are two lines of current research pertinent to this "black box" discussion: neurobiological research on how neural pathways are formed, and research in positive psychology. The experimental analysis of behavior could be an active collaborator in both these complementary research areas, which share the common goal of understanding how positive behaviors become neural pathways. We should reflect on what behavior analysis has to offer and what these lines of research can offer us as behavioral scientists to keep our discipline vibrant in the XXI century.