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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Symposium #474
CE Offered: BACB
Non-linear Approaches to Behavior: Israel Goldiamond's Blue Books
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
11:00 AM–12:50 PM
007C (CC)
Area: TPC/PRA; Domain: Theory
Chair: Cameron Green (Florida State University, Brohavior)
Discussant: T. V. (Joe) Layng (Generategy, LLC)
CE Instructor: Ryan Lee O'Donnell, M.S.

The variables that control behavior are not an amalgamation of static stimulus conditions. Rather, behavior is changing, fluid, and evanescent (Skinner, 1953). This conceptualization is described by Israel Goldiamond whose pragmatic nonlinear approach to behavior recommends a multidimensional analysis. That is, one must acknowledge that the topography, function, history, and detection (measurement) of behavior may all yield varied accounts. An advantage to such a system is that it can bring the behavior of the scientist under multiple sources of control, engendering more effective technology. The purpose of this symposium is to highlight some of the key considerations presented by Israel Goldiamond, primarily from his comprehensive text entitled simply The Blue Books. In addition, the symposium will dive into the subtleties of key areas within the books including the focus on both scope and breadth of the constructional approach and the importance of Goldiamond's work in the area of stimulus control.

Keyword(s): Constructual Approach, Goldiamond, Non-linear

Goldiamond's Blue Books: Why the System Matters

MARC D'ANTIN (Brohavior)

The field of behavior analysis has been described as a scientific approach to behavior that is composed of at least three distinct branches. The branches consist of the experimental analysis of behavior, behaviorism, and applied behavior analysis. As changes occur in any given branch, similar changes will also occur to and alter the other branches. In order to establish a cohesive system, all changes to any given branch must be examined with respect to their impact with the other branches. Israel Goldiamond's non-linear behavior analysis provides a cohesive system that facilitates work at all levels of the science to be flexible and effectively interact with their subject matter. The current paper will outline the importance of a cohesive system for the behavior analysis, provide examples of problems created by altering constructs within one branch without reference to the others, and briefly demonstrate the interpretative power of the system to phenomena that fall outside of the current scope of experimental investigation. Future directions for exploration of a non-linear approach to behavior analysis will be addressed and the potential will be opened for further exploration of the system.


Goldiamond's Blue Books: Stimulus Control Part 1

JOHN LAMPHERE (Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center)

The "Blue Books" were a series of brilliant, relatively short, apparently basic, yet overall comprehensive modules, developed for a course taught at the Institute for Behavioral Research (IBR) during the 1960s, originally called, A functional analysis of behavior and its extensions. They were authored by Israel Goldiamond and Donald M. Thompson and programmed in collaboration with Harold L. Cohen. They were recently compiled, edited and remastered in 2002 by Goldiamond's student and colleague Paul Andronis. This presentation will examine the extensive chapter on stimulus control and share insights from our field's past that may help illuminate its future.


Goldiamond's Blue Books: Stimulus Control Part 2

DOMINIQUE STEDHAM (University of Nevada, Reno)

Stimulus control in the field of behavior analysis has several conceptual interpretations. Stimulus control, as conceptualized within Israel Goldiamond's Blue Books offers a parsimonious interpretation that allows practitioners and researchers to effectively interact with behavior as a subject matter. The current paper will outline the conceptualization of stimulus control as offered by Israel Goldiamond. Following the general outline of stimulus control, various examples will be explored offering a demonstration of how conceptualization can lead to rapid identification of potential treatment packages. Future research questions relevant to stimulus control across both the applied and experimental branches will be offered.


All Those "Others": A System That Allows Conceptualization of Other Research


A behavior analytic system of value must be able to generate novel research, create meaningful interventions, and have explanatory scope of other fields working inside of the domain of behavior. Israel Goldiamond's non-linear behavior analysis offers a conceptually systematic approach that has scope and depth. Non-linear behavior analysis will be applied to current research from various fields that often overlap with the subject matter of behavior. The value of contacting other fields work and being able to interpret them through a conceptually systematic approach will be highlighted. Key aspects to working with other investigators and applying a conceptually systematic approach will be discussed.




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