According to Cooper, Heron & Heward (2020):
"Applied behavior analysis is the science in which tactics derived from the principles of behavior are applied systematically to improve socially significante behavior and experimentation is used to identify the variables responsible for behavior change " (pp. 19).
Behavior analysts work in one or more of four interrelated domains: behaviorism (theoretical and philosophical issues), the experimental analysis of behavior (basic research), applied behavior analysis (applied research, and professional practice (providing behavior analytic services to consumers). Although applied behavior analysis research and practice have improved human performance and the quality of participant's lives across a wide range of areas, many important problems, challenges, and opportunities remain.
How I taught rats to sniff out land mines and TB
Clicker Training Basics - Getting Started With Clicker Training (Produced by a certified professional dog trainer and certified clicker trainer (Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner) based in Dubuque, Iowa).
In 1913 in his influential article, “Psychology as the Behaviorist Views It”, John B. Watson argued that the proper subject matter for psychology was not states of mind or mental process but observable behavior. In 1938 B. F. Skinner published “The Behavior of Organisms” giving origin to the experimental branch of behavior analysis. During the 50’s and 60’s applied researchers established that the principles of behavior are applicable to human behavior (Giraldo, 2012, 2013). In recent years the professional practice in diverse fields has been a predominant factor in the development of the science of behavior.
Experiments, Interviews & Conferences
A. Charles Catania
The Evolution of a Science: A Brief History of Behavior Analysis
John B. Watson & Rosalie Rayner
Little Albert experiment (1920)
Pavlov Experiments in Classical Conditioning
Lifetime Achievement Award, APA 1990
B. F. Skinner's speech at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention on 8/10/1990 (with subtitles in Portuguese)
Where Do We Go From Here?
Series developed by Israel Goldiamond and Jeffery Grip with Ms. Amanda Jones
Marion Breland Interviews Dick & Maria Malott
Marion Breland, Skinner first female student, interview Dick & Maria Malott in San Francisco on May 26, 1992.
Ole Ivar Lovaas
Early interview of Dr. Ivar Lovaas
Nathan H. Azrin
Nathan Azrin ABAI SIG Career Achievement award ceremony in Memorium
Nathan Azrin: My Life
Azrin FIU Workshop
WMU Forum # 404
Ron Kramer interview Jack Michael and Dick Malott on October 4, 1990 about the Legacy of B. F. Skinner.
Structured interviews done by Sigrid Glenn and collaborators from the University of North Texas with distinguished behavior analysts:
Special Event at the Department of Behavior Analysis - University of North TexasJoe Bradey, James Holland, Charlie Catania, Victor Laties & Murray Sidman
Acta Comportamentalia: Revista Latina de Análisis del Comportamiento
Acta Comportamentalia is published three times a year under the patronage of Universidad Veracruzana (Mexico) and digital support from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. It is a international journal focused on original manuscripts publishing about behavior analysis in the most important Latin languages: Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian. This journal is a high level scientific forum to express the tradition, originality an innovation of the Latin culture, as a special promoter of the points of view from an area of scientific knowledge that has been traditionally built from a pragmatic Anglo culture's perspective.
Analysis of Verbal Behavior
The Analysis of Verbal Behavior is published annually by the Association for Behavior Analysis International and is primarily for the original publication of experimental or theoretical papers relevant to a behavioral analysis of verbal behavior.
Behavior Analysis in Practice
Behavior Analysis in Practice is a peer-reviewed translational publication designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis. The target audience includes front-line service workers and their supervisors, scientist-practitioners, and school personnel. The mission of BAP is to promote empirically validated best practices in an accessible format that describes not only what works, but also the challenges of implementation in practical settings.
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practiceis a multidisciplinary journal committed to increasing the communication between the subdisciplines within behavior analysis and psychology, and bringing up-to-date information on current developments within the field. It publishes original research, reviews of the discipline, theoretical and conceptual work, applied research, program descriptions, research in organization and the community, clinical work, and curricular developments.
Behavior Development Bulletin
Behavioral Development Bulletin informs the field of life-span developmental psychology by taking a behavioral analytic approach, including research in cognitive and emotional development, developmental theory, socialization, education, and speech-language pathology. It looks at the biological and environmental factors and systems that affect behavioral development, while maintaining primary interest in the role of reinforcement and environmental contingencies that influence behavior change.
Behavioural Pharmacology publishes original research reports in diverse areas, ranging from ethopharmacology to the pharmacology of schedule-controlled operant behaviour, provided that their primary focus is behavioural.
Behavioral Interventions aims to report research and practice involving the utilization of behavioral techniques in the treatment, education, assessment and training of students, clients or patients, as well as training techniques used with staff.
Behavior Modification presents insightful research, reports, and reviews on applied behavior modification. Each issue offers successful assessment and modification techniques applicable to problems in psychiatric, clinical, educational, and rehabilitative settings, as well as treatment manuals and program descriptions.
Behavioural Processes is dedicated to the publication of high-quality original research on animal behaviour from any theoretical perspective. It welcomes contributions that consider animal behaviour from behavioural analytic, cognitive, ethological, ecological and evolutionary points of view.
Behavior and Social Issues
Behavior and Social Issues is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal which serves as a primary scholarly outlet for articles that advance the analysis of human social behavior, particularly with regard to understanding and influencing important social problems.
Child & Family Behavior Therapy
Child & Family Behavior Therapy focuses on the practical applications of behavior therapy and offers original research, examples, and behavioral techniques for parents, teachers, mental health professionals, and counselors.
European Journal of Behavior Analysis
The European Journal of Behavior Analysis is published by the Norwegian Association for Behavior Analysis, and is primarily for the original publication of experimental reports and theoretical/conceptual papers relevant to the analysis of the behavior of individual organisms.
Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children
The Journal of Behavior Assessment and Intervention in Children is a publication of the American Psychological Association.
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis is a psychology journal that publishes research about applications of the experimental analysis of behavior to problems of social importance. JABA participated in PubMed Central for some time (this link includes volumes 1 to 45 / 1968-2012 and are free of cost for readers).
Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science
The aim of the Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science is to publish original research articles and reviews in the general field of behavioural and brain function.
Journal of Behavioral Education
The Journal of Behavioral Education is a journal devoted to publishing original research papers on the application of behavioral principles and technology to education and on the use of within subject replication designs to study educational issues, problems, and practices.
The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
The Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science (JCBS) is the official journal of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science. JCBS welcomes manuscripts across a breadth of domains from basic behavioral science to clinical trials. Research concerning the measurement and testing of process of change is particularly welcome.
Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
The Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior is a psychology journal primarily for the original publication of experiments relevant to the behavior of individual organisms. JEAB participated in PubMed Central for some time (this link includes volumes 1 to 98 / 1958-2012 and are free of cost for readers).
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal
Learning Disabilities: A Contemporary Journal is one of the leading scientific periodicals in the field of learning disabilities (LD) and related disorders. Ever since its foundation in 2003, its continuing mission has been to provide research papers of the highest quality that contain well-grounded information on diagnosis, assessment, interventions, policy, and other relevant issues related to academic failure.
Journal of Organizational Behavior Management
The Journal of Organizational Behavior Management is the official journal of the OBM Network, and is devoted to improve organizational performance through behavior change. The journal publishes research and review articles, reports from the field, discussions, and book reviews.
Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration
The Journal of Precision Teaching & Celeration was a publication of the Standard Celeration Society. This non-refereed journal was a primary outlet for discoveries and practices being developed by chart users and precision teachers from 1980 to 2010. This archive contains a wealth of information, research, and insights directly from practitioners and scholars who used the standard celeration chart as their primary measurement and decision-making tool.
Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis
The mission of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis is to provide a forum for professionals from the fields of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech-language pathology (SLP) to exchange information of mutual interest.
Learning and Motivation
Learning and Motivation features original experimental research devoted to the analysis of basic phenomena and mechanisms of learning, memory, and motivation.
Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis
The Revista Mexicana de Análisis de la Conducta (Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis) publishes original basic or applied research reports relevant to the behavior of nonhuman animals and humans. Review or theoretical articles are also considered for publication. The Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis is a bilingual journal, publishing papers in either Spanish or English. Abstracts in both languages are also included for each article.
Perspectives on Behavior Science
Published as The Behavior Analyst (TBA) from 1978 through 2017, Perspectives on Behavior Science is the official publication of ABAI. In addition to articles on theoretical, experimental, and applied topics in behavior analysis, it included literature reviews, re-interpretations of published data, and articles on behaviorism as a philosophy.
The Interbehaviorist was founded by Noel W. Smith as the Interbehavioral Psychology Newsletter and was published from 1970 to 1996. This was in print format. It also existed for a time after 1996 in electronic format.
The Psychological Record
The Psychological Record is a quarterly journal of psychology. The journal was founded by J.R. Kantor in 1937, with B.F. Skinner serving as the experimental department editor at the journal’s inception. The journal publishes psychological theory and research articles concerned with a broad range of scientific topics in the discipline.
Association for Behavior Analysis International®
The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis.
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science
Founded in 2005 (incorporated in 2006), the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) is dedicated to the advancement of functional contextual cognitive and behavioral science and practice so as to alleviate human suffering and advance human well being.
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts
The Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to represent the interests of professional behavior analyst practitioners who are credentialed by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc. (BACB) and to work with federal, state, governmental, and third party entities to enhance recognition of BACB-credentialed professional behavior analysts.
Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc.
The Behavior Analyst Certification Board®, Inc. (BACB®) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1998 to meet professional credentialing needs identified by behavior analysts, governments, and consumers of behavior analysis services. The BACB adheres to the national standards for boards that grant professional credentials. The BACB certification procedures and content undergo regular psychometric review and validation, pursuant to a job analysis survey of the profession and standards established by content experts in the field.
B. F. Skinner Foundation
The B. F. Skinner Foundation promotes the science founded by B. F. Skinner and supports the practices derived from that science. In so doing, the Foundation advances a more humane world by replacing coercive techniques with positive procedures.
Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies is a nonprofit organization that harnesses the expertise of hundreds of behavioral scientists to solve problems in the home, school, community, and the workplace.
Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling
The Comprehensive Application of Behavior Analysis to Schooling (CABAS®), developed by R. Douglas Greer and colleagues of Teachers College, Columbia University, is an instructional technology based on the system-wide application of scientifically validated educational practices. CABAS® originated to develop a science of teaching, to develop schools based entirely on the use of scientific procedures for classroom management, pedagogy, curriculum design, staff training, and parent education, and to make education learner driven.
Organizational Behavior Management Network
Founded in 1982, the Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) Network exists to develop, enhance, and support the growth and vitality of Organizational Behavior Management through research, education, practice, and collaboration. The OBM Network accomplishes this mission through networking, journal publications, newsletters, online resources, and a bi-annual conference.
Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior
The Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) was founded in 1978 by M. L. Commons and J. A. Nevin to present symposia and publish material which bring a quantitative analysis to bear on the understanding of behavior. This International Society holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Talks at SQAB focus on the development and use of mathematical formulations to: characterize one or more dimensions of an obtained data set, derive predictions to be compared with data, and generate novel data analyses.
The Art and Science of Animal Training
The Art and Science of Animal Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to improve relationships between humans and other animals through educational programs that increase the understanding and use of behavior analytic principles as they apply to human-animal interactions and through supporting research initiatives that investigate new, improved training practices.
The European Association for Behaviour Analysis
The European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA) is an international organisation that aims to promote behaviour analysis in Europe and to provide an international forum within Europe for the study and discussion of matters relevant to behavior analysis.
The Society for the Quantitative Analyses of Behavior (SQAB) was founded in 1978 by M. L. Commons and J. A. Nevin to present and publish material which bring a quantitative analysis to bear on the understanding of behavior. The International Society holds its annual meeting in conjunction with the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Talks at SQAB focus on the development and use of mathematical formulations to: characterize one or more dimensions of an obtained data set, derive predictions to be compared with data, and generate novel data analyses.
SQAB is committed to simplifying the transition to quantitative behavior analysis for students as well as advanced researchers. These videos of presentations from leaders in the field are at various levels and are appropriate for individual, classroom, and seminar use. Individual video presentations can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
"Facts and Theories in Decision Making: Sturnus Vulgaris vs. Benjamin Franklin
"Variability of the Operant"
"Understanding Response Sequences"
"Delayed Discounting: What, Who, When, Where, Why, and How?"
"Probability: Basic Ideas, Techniques, and Applications"
"Behavioral Analysis and Medical Strategy: A Case in "Terminal" Cancer"
A. Charles Catania
"Creating Artificial Behavior: A Tutorial on Modeling"
Charles P. Shimp
"Explicit Methods and Implicit Value in Quantitative Behavioral Models"
M. Christopher Newland
"What's the Best Model for These Data?"
"Applied Modeling and the Identification of Behavioral Mechanisms of Action"
"Temporal Regulation of Choice"
Derek D. Reed
"Applying Operant Demand Analyses to Issues of Societal Importance"
Elizabeth G. E. Kyonka
Erin B. Rasmussen
"Domain Effects, Obesity, and Delay Discounting"
"The Matching Law"
Geoffrey R. Loftus
"Hypothesis Testing: Curse or Abomination?"
K. Geoffrey White
"Memory as Discrimination"
"The Behavior Analyst Certification Board and the Behavior Analysis Profession"
Gordon M. Burghardt
"Evolution, Behavioral Variation, and Plasticity"
"Response Shaping and Percentile Schedules"
C. R. Gallistel
Jack J. McDowell
"Fitting Equations to Data"
Jack J. McDowell
"Uniformity, Chaos, and Complexity: Mining Wolfram's A New Kind of Science"
"Getting Started in Quantitative Analyses of Behavior"
James E. Mazur
"Choice and the Hyperbolic Decay of Reinforcer Strength"
"Cognitive Aging: A Behavior-Theoretic Approach"
John W. Donahoe
John C. Malone
"Radical Behaviorism, Part One"
"Radical Behaviorism; Part Two"
"Classical Signal Detection Theory: ROC Analysis"
Kennon A. Lattal
"Facets of Operant Extinction"
"The Discounting Function"
"What Reinforcers Do to Behavior"
"What 'Reinforcers' Do to Behavior, II: Signposts to the Future"
M. Jackson Marr
"What Good is Mathematics? Modeling in Behavior Analysis"
"Behavioral Variability: Control, Description, and Analysis"
"Exploration, Visualization, and Analysis with JMP"
Michael T. Turvey
"Ecological Psychology: Nonrepresentational Perception and Action"
"The Scientist/ Practitioner in Behavior Analysis: A Case Study"
"Single-Case Research: Use Tools for 21st Century Applied Science"
Paul T. Andronis
"Part 1: Pavlovian Conditioning"
"Pavlovian Conditioning, Part 2: Associations, Accumulators and Cartographers"
"Time, Uncertainty and Anticipation"
Peter R. Killeen
"The Law of Affect"
"Analyses of Response Times, IRTs, Rts, and ts"
"Timing (Parsing Sagely Rosemary's Time)"
"The St. Petersburg Paradox at 300: Roots, Ramifications, and Resolutions"
"Aversive Events and Behavior"
"Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Behavior"
"Choice and Value"
"Quantification" (Part 1)
"Quantification" (Part 2)
"Environment, Behavior, and Pollution: Quantifying Risk"
"Simulation of Quantitative Models of Behavior"
"Measurement of the Behavior Stream"
Steven R. Hursh
"Behavioral "Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
Timothy A. Shahan
"Dynamics of Choice"
William DeHart & Jon Friedel
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