Applied Behavior Analysis: Definitional Difficulties
A new science should provide an intensional definition of itself to delineate the necessary and sufficient conditions for an activity to qualify as an instance of said science (Baronett, 2013, pp. 46–48). However, current definitions of applied behavior analysis offered in leading ABA textbooks are descriptive instead of intensional. Therefore, an intensional definition of ABA is offered.
KeywordsApplied behavior analysis Experimental analysis of behavior Intensional definition Science
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