Behavior Analysis and Learning / Edition 3

Behavior Analysis and Learning / Edition 3

by W. David Pierce, Carl D. Cheney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805844899

ISBN-13: 9780805844894

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Behavior Analysis and Learning is an essential textbook covering the basic principles in the field of behavior analysis and learned behaviors. Both active researchers, the authors are disciples of a coherent theory—experimental analysis of behavior—pioneered by B.F. Skinner. Using this theory as a base to explain human behavior, researchers must

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Behavior Analysis and Learning is an essential textbook covering the basic principles in the field of behavior analysis and learned behaviors. Both active researchers, the authors are disciples of a coherent theory—experimental analysis of behavior—pioneered by B.F. Skinner. Using this theory as a base to explain human behavior, researchers must understand the interactions between an individual and his or her environment.

Expanding on concepts of the past editions, this book:
*is an advanced introductory text on operant conditioning from a very consistent Skinnerian perspective;
*covers a range of principles from basic respondent conditioning through applied behavior analysis into cultural design;
*treats the topic from a consistent world view of selectionism;
*elaborates on Darwinian components and biological connections with behavior; and,
*expands most chapters with revised references and additional citations.

The material presented in this book provides the reader with the best available foundation in behavior science. The discovery of functional relations between the organism and the environment constitute the objective foundation for this book. These functional relationships are described, and their application in accounting for old behavior and generating new behavior is illustrated. As such, this book is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology or other behavior-based disciplines.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805844894
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
7.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1270L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword. Preface. A Science of Behavior: Perspective, History, and Assumptions. The Experimental Analysis of Behavior. Reflexive Behavior and Respondent Conditioning. Reinforcement and Extinction of Operant Behavior. Schedules of Reinforcement. Aversive Control of Behavior. Operant-Respondent Interrelationships and the Biological Context of Conditioning. Stimulus Control. Choice and Preference. Conditioned Reinforcement. Correspondent Relations: Imitation and Rule-Governed Behavior. Verbal Behavior. Applied Behavior Analysis. Three Levels of Selection: Biology, Behavior, and Culture.

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