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 through research, education, and practice.


47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Panel #192
CE Offered: BACB
Do We Have Agreed Behavior Principles or Processes or Both, and do they Constitute a Theory?
Sunday, May 30, 2021
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Julian Leslie, Ph.D.
Chair: Dermot Barnes-Holmes (Ulster University)
JULIAN LESLIE (Ulster University)
CARMEN LUCIANO (University Almería, Spain)

The basic and applied sciences of behavior analysis, and its practitioners, frequently refer to behavior principles. Indeed, one of the seminal text books in the field (Millenson, 1967) was entitled, Principles of Behavior Analysis. But what are these principles? Are they all clearly and well defined? Is there a widely agreed taxonomy of these principles? Furthermore, is the concept if a behavioral principle synonymous with the concept of a behavioral process or do principles and processes differ in some important way? Finally, how do behavioral principles (and possibly processes) fit into the concept of a behavior-analytic theory, and the ongoing development of a progressive science (both basic and applied) of behavior analysis in the naturalistic, functional-analytic abstractive, and monistic tradition of Skinnerian (radical) behaviorism? The primary objective of the proposed panel is to reflect upon these questions and to discuss and consider the need, if any, for the field grapple with issues as we seek to build an increasingly mature science of behavior that can articulate readily with other life sciences.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

This discussion should improve the grasp of beginning and advanced behavior analysts of important conceptual issues.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) define and identify a number of behavior principles; (2) distinguish between behavior principles and behavior processes; (3) articulate the role of defining principles and processes in the development of behavior theory
Keyword(s): behavior principles, behavior processes, behavior theory



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