Relational Frame Theory: A Post-Skinnerian Account of Human Language and Cognition / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume goes beyond theory and gives the empirical and conceptual tools to conduct an experimental analysis of virtually every substantive topic in human language and cognition, both basic and applied. It challenges behavioral psychology to abandon many of the specific theoretical formulations of its most prominent historical leader in the domain of complex human behavior, especially in human language and cognition, and approach the field from a new direction. It will be of interest to behavior theorists, cognitive psychologists, therapists, and educators.

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Editorial Reviews

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In the past, attempts to analyze language using behavioral psychology have run into deadends. This text offers Relational Frame Theory (RFT) as a new behavior analytic approach. The text begins with an explanation of RFT<-->how it emerged as an alternative approach within the behavioral tradition, its assumptions, methods, concepts and data. The implications of RFT in some specific settings is explored, including education; social processes (e.g. belonging to a group, prejudice, persuasion); psychopathology and psychotherapy; and religion, spirituality and transcendence. Editors and contributors include specialists from the U.S., Ireland, England, Wales and Belgium. Written in a style to accommodate both behaviorists and other interested readers lacking in-depth knowledge of behaviorism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A remarkably brilliant book that integrates some of the main theories of radical behaviorism with cognitive behavioral theories and practices of psychotherapy. This book gives more plausible explanations of why people behave the way that they do, and particularly why they are frequently dysfunctional, than any other I can think of."
(Albert Ellis, Albert Ellis Institute, New York)
"[An] exciting and innovative book. It indicates that a behavioural account can shed light on many more of the complexities of language and cognition than had previously been supposed... it is abundantly clear from this book that the behavioural approach is alive and kicking, and full of vitality."
(W. Eysenck, Royal Holloway University of London)
"This is a truly remarkable book... If Chomsky had seen this work 40 years ago, the history of psychology could have been very different."
(Paul M. Smeets, Leiden University, The Netherlands)
"The book is certainly a tour de force and clearly merits a much wider readership among those interested in empirical and theoretical issues in language and cognition."
(Contemporary Psychology, APA Review of Books, 48:4 (2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306466007
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/31/2001
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: The Basic Account. 1. Language and Cognition: Constructing an Alternative Approach Within the Behavioral Tradition; S.C. Hayes, et al. 2. Derived Relational Responding as Learned Behavior; S.C. Hayes, et al. 3. Multiple Stimulus Relations and the Transformation of Stimulus Functions; D. Barnes-Holmes, et al. 4. Relations Among Relations: Analogies, Metaphors, and Stories; I. Stewart, et al. 5. Thinking, Problem-Solving, and Pragmatic Verbal Analysis; S.C. Hayes, et al. 6. Understanding and Verbal Regulation; D. Barnes-Holmes, et al. 7. Self and Self-Directed Rules; D. Barnes-Holmes, et al. 8. Relational Frame Theory: A Précis; S.C. Hayes, et al.
Part II: Extensions and Applications. 9. Psychological Development; Y. Barnes-Holmes, et al. 10. Education; Y. Barnes-Holmes, et al. 11. Social Processes; B. Roche, et al. 12. Psychopathology and Psychotherapy; K.G. Wilson, et al. 13. Religion, Spirituality, and Transcendence; D. Barnes-Holmes, et al.
Epilogue.
References.
Index.

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