Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Invited Tutorial #190
2005 ABA Tutorial: The Science of Science
Monday, May 30, 2005
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
International North (2nd floor)
Area: TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Ramona Houmanfar (University of Nevada, Reno)
Presenting Authors: : LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The sciences are cumulative, consequential enterprises through which we become more effectively oriented to the things and events of the natural world. Scientific enterprises are also cultural enterprises, the implication being that while they may influence the societal conditions out of which they arose, they are also never free of influence from those conditions; and the greater the influence on science from nonscientific sources, the less effectively we are oriented to the natural world. While it is important for scientists of every variety to be watchful of undue influence from non-scientific sources, the science of behavior is especially vulnerable to corruption by this means due to the ubiquity and intimacy of its subject matter. It is, thereby, incumbent upon behavior scientists to periodically examine their work and its products for signs of damage, and to take whatever actions are needed to undue it. This tasks falls to the logician of science and the task itself is what is meant by the science of science. The aim of the tutorial is to provide an overview of this science, including its materials, methods, and products, and to consider its value for the long term well-being of the science of behavior.
LINDA J. PARROTT HAYES (University of Nevada, Reno)
Linda J. (Parrott) Hayes received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University. Prior to her present position, she held faculty appointments at West Virginia University and St. Mary’s University in Canada. Linda is a professor at the University of Nevada, Reno where she co-founded a graduate program in Behavior Analysis and served as its director for over a decade. Linda has been active in the Association for Behavior Analysis throughout her entire career and is currently serving as its President. She is best known for her work in behavior theory and philosophy.



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