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“Sharpe and Koperwas provide a methodological framework that objectifies the complexity of behavior. This book's quantitative and multiple-event approach to data collection and analysis is essential for effective descriptions and explanations of the behavior of humans and nonhumans. Of particular note is the multidisciplinary applicability of the methodology and that the methods can be used by basic, applied, and clinical researchers. Human service providers are being increasingly pressured to take objective measures; practitioners should find much in this book to help them satisfactorily meet these demands. The authors' sensitivity to clarity of presentation makes the book an excellent primary or supplementary text for any course in behavior methodology.”

-- Dennis J. Delprato, Eastern Michigan University

“I think the author did a very thoughtful, informed analysis and presentation ...

History and Evolution
History and evolution

All things prepare the event. Watch.

— Eliot (1971, p. 183)

After reading this chapter, you should be able to define the following terms and provide the information requested in the study guide below.

Human behaviorOperant conditioning
ScienceBehavior modification
DeterminismApplied behavior analysis
Conditioned responseExplanation (cause versus
Unconditioned responseprobability)
Respondent conditioning
Study Guide
  • Provide a historical summary of the scientific activity that led to what we now know as the applied analysis of behavior.
  • Summarize the philosophical perspectives that provide foundations for scientific activity.
  • List and describe some of the main features of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • List some of the arguments for multiple research method compatibility.
  • Describe some of the myths about behavior analysis that have been popularized.
  • List and describe some of the reasons for the ...
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