Monthly Archives: January 2015

Form, function, and operational definitions January 25, 2015

Let’s just lay it out there: There are only two fundamental approaches to defining a behavior (response class).   This limitation stems from the nature of behavior as a physical phenomenon.  The definition of behavior in Strategies and tactics of behavioral research (Johnston & Pennypacker, 2009) goes as follows: Behavior is that portion of an organism’s…

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It’s about the evidence January 12, 2015

Our everyday dialect is filled with terms implying human qualities that seemingly explain our behavior.  There are thousands of these terms, often serving as nouns in our syntax.  Their grammatical status not only suggests their existence in some sense, but begs for their definition. The problem – and it is a very big one –…

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