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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #222
Int'l Paper - Skinner’s Molecular Interpretation of Behavior
Sunday, May 29, 2005
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Private Dining Room 5 (3rd floor)
Area: EAB
Chair: Veronica Delgado (Florida International University)
Skinner’s Molecular Interpretation of Behavior
Domain: Theory
JOHN L. MICHAEL (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Of Skinner’s many contributions, a very important one was his use of a small number of behavioral concepts and principles as a basis for a molecular interpretation of any conceivable event involving behavior. His analysis of the results of complex animal experiments in these terms illustrates the power of these few basic relations, and constitutes strong support for their extension to the interpretation of any form of human behavior. I will consider several example of this molecular interpretive approach.



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