Behavior and Social Issues

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 19–38 | Cite as

Images of Behavior Analysis: The Shaping Game and the Behavioral Stream

  • Michael KeenanEmail author
  • Karola Dillenburger


This paper points to the lack of scientific images, including moving images, for promoting behavior analysis. Examples of what could be done to rectify this situation are contained in two teaching gambits that address practical and philosophical issues in the analysis of behavior. The first gambit is an elaboration of the shaping game that highlights issues associated with discriminative control and the role of private events in the analysis of behavior. The second gambit uses specially designed graphics, both 2-D and 3-D, to show how an understanding of the behavioral stream underpins every aspect of the analysis of behavior.

Key words

behavioral stream classroom exercise epistemology images mentalism misrepresentation private events shaping stimulus control teaching 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and CommunicationUniversity of Ulster at ColeraineColeraineN. Ireland
  2. 2.The Queen’s University of BelfastUnited Kingdom

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