The Three Obstacles

  • Robert W. Proctor
  • Daniel J. Weeks
Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In answer to his question of why TEAB has not become psychology, Skinner (1987) asserts, “Perhaps answers can be found in looking at three formidable obstacles that have stood in the path of an experimental analysis of behavior” (p. 782). The obstacles to which Skinner refers are humanistic psychology, psychotherapy, and cognitive psychology. Through examining why Skinner perceives these alternative viewpoints as posing obstacles to the development of TEAB, further insight into the nature of TEAB is gained.


Human Behavior Behavior Analysis Behavior Analyst Humanistic Psychology Scientific Attitude 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Proctor
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Weeks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.Motor Behavior Lab, School of Physical EducationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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