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Fundamentals of Behavior Analytic Research

  • Alan Poling
  • Laura L. Methot
  • Mark G. LeSage
Book

Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 1-10
  3. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 11-31
  4. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 33-54
  5. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 55-77
  6. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 79-102
  7. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 103-127
  8. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 129-160
  9. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 161-179
  10. Alan Poling, Laura L. Methot, Mark G. LeSage
    Pages 181-208
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 209-222

About this book

Introduction

By the end of his long life, B. F. Skinner (1904-1990) had become one of the most influential and best known of psychologists (Gilgen, 1982; Heyduke & Fenigstein, 1984). An important feature of the approach to the study of behavior that he championed, behavior analysis, is the intensive study of individual subjects over time. This approach, which is characterized by the use of within-subject experimental designs, repeated and direct measures of behavior, and graphic analysis of data, stands in marked contrast to the research methods favored by many nonbehavioral psychologists. Skinner discussed the advantages of his approach in a number of books (e.g., Skinner, 1938, 1953, 1979), but never devoted a book to methodology. Sidman (1960) and Johnson and Pennypack (1993b) did devote books to behavior analytic research methodology. These books are of excep­ tionally high quality and should be read carefully by anyone interested in behavior analysis. They are sophisticated, however, and are not easy reads for most neophyte behaviorists. Introductory-level books devoted entirely to methods of applied behavior analysis (e.g., Kazdin, 1982; Barlow & Hersen, 1984) are easier to understand, but somewhat limited in coverage.

Keywords

Experimental Design behavior experiment research science statistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Alan Poling
    • 1
  • Laura L. Methot
    • 1
  • Mark G. LeSage
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1436-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1438-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1436-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-1221
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