Behavior Analysis and Learning Fifth Edition

ISBN-10: 1848726155

ISBN-13: 9781848726154

Edition: 5th 2013 (Revised)

Authors: W. David Pierce, Carl D. Cheney

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Behavior Analysis and Learning, Fifth Editionis an essential textbook covering the basic principles in the field of behavior analysis and learned behaviors, as pioneered by B. F. Skinner. The textbook provides an advanced introduction to operant conditioning from a very consistent Skinnerian perspective. It covers a range of principles from basic respondent and operant conditioning through applied behavior analysis into cultural design. Elaborating on Darwinian components and biological connections with behavior, the book treats the topic from a consistent worldview of selectionism. The functional relations between the organism and the environment are described, and their application in accounting for old behavior and generating new behavior is illustrated.Expanding on concepts of past editions, the fifth edition provides updated coverage of recent literature and the latest findings. There is increased inclusion of biological and neuroscience material, as well as more data correlating behavior with neurological and genetic factors. The chapter on verbal behavior is expanded to include new research on stimulus equivalence and naming; there is also a more detailed and updated analysis of learning by imitation and its possible links to mirror neurons. In the chapter on applied behavior analysis (ABA), new emphasis is given to contingency management of addiction, applications to education, ABA and autism, and prevention and treatment of health-related problems.The material presented in this book provides the reader with the best available foundation in behavior science and is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology or other behavior-based disciplines. In addition, a website of supplemental resources for instructors and students makes this new edition even more accessible and student-friendly (
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Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 3/18/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 590
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.586
Language: English

A Science of Behavior: Perspective, History, and Assumptions
Science and Behavior
New Directions: Behavior Analysis and Neuroscience
Focus On: Burrhus Frederic Skinner
A Brief History of Behavior Analysis
Science and Behavior: Some Assumptions
Chapter Summary
The Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Functional Analysis of Behavior
Functional Analysis of the Environment
Tactics of Behavioral Research
New Directions: Operant Baselines and Behavioral Neuroscience
Single-Subject Research
Advanced Section: Perceiving as Behavior
Chapter Summary
Reflexive Behavior and Respondent Conditioning
Phylogenetic Behavior
Ontogenetic Behavior
New Directions: Neuroscience and Learning in Honey Bees
Temporal Relations and Conditioning
Second-Order Respondent Conditioning
On the Applied Side: Drug Use, Abuse, and Respondent Conditioning
Note On: Physiology and the Control of Preparatory Responses by Conditioned Stimuli
Advanced Section: Complex Conditioning
The Rescorla-Wagner Model of Conditioning
Focus On: The Rescorla-Wagner Equation
Chapter Summary
Reinforcement and Extinction of Operant Behavior
Operant Behavior
Focus On: Rewards and Intrinsic Motivation
Operant Conditioning
New Directions: Behavioral Neuroscience and Operant Conditioning of the Neuron
Focus On: Reinforcement and Problem Solving
On the Applied Side: Extinction of Temper Tantrums
Chapter Summary
Schedules of Reinforcement
Importance of Schedules of Reinforcement
Focus On: C. B. Ferster and Schedules of Reinforcement
Behavior Analysis: A Progressive Science
Comment On: Inner Causes, Schedules, and Response Patterns
Focus On: A System of Notation
Schedules of Positive Reinforcement
Ratio and Interval Schedules of Reinforcement
Focus On: Generality of Schedule Effects
Note On: VI Schedules, Reinforcement Rate, and Behavioral Momentum
Schedule Performance in Transition
On the Applied Side: Schedules and Cigarettes
Advanced Section: Schedule Performance
Chapter Summary
Aversive Control of Behavior
Contingencies of Punishment
Focus On: Use of Punishment in Treatment
Note On: The Legal and Ethical Use of Electric Shock in a Residential Treatment Program
Punishment: Permanence and Paradox
Focus On: Physical Punishment and Mental Disorders
Contingencies of Negative Reinforcement
Focus On: Escape and Infant Caregiving
Determinants and Analysis of Avoidance Behavior
Side Effects of Aversive Procedures
New Directions: Social Defeat and Behavioral Neuroscience
On the Applied Side: Coercion and its Fallout
Chapter Summary
Operant-Respondent Interrelationships: The Biological Context of Conditioning
Analysis of Operant-Respondent Contingencies
Note On: Operants and Respondents
The Biological Context of Conditioning
New Directions: Behavioral Neuroscience, Taste Aversion, and Urges for Addictive Behavior
On the Applied Side: Activity Anorexia and Interrelations between Eating and Physical Activity
Advanced Section: The Nature of Autoshaped Responses
Chapter Summary
Stimulus Control
Differential Reinforcement and Discrimination
New Directions: Stimulus Control, Neuroscience, and What Birds See
Focus On: Discriminating and the "Bird-Brained" Pigeon
Behavioral Contrast
On the Applied Side: Peak Shift in Anorexia Nervosa
Errorless Discrimination and Fading
Complex Stimulus Control
Focus On: Concept Formation by Pigeons
On the Applied Side: Quality Control and Detection of Signals by Animals
Chapter Summary
Choice and Preference
Experimental Analysis of Choice and Preference
The Matching Law
Extensions of the Matching Law
Matching on Single Operant Schedules
On the Applied Side: Application of the Quantitative Law of Effect
Choice, Foraging, and Behavioral Economics
Behavioral Economics, Choice, and Addiction
Focus On: Activity Anorexia and Substitutability of Food and Wheel Running
Advanced Section: Quantification of Choice and Generalized Matching
New Directions: Behavioral Neuroscience, Matching, and Sensitivity
Chapter Summary
Conditioned Reinforcement
Note On: Clicker Training
Chain Schedules and Conditioned Reinforcement
Focus On: Backward Chaining
Conditioned Reinforcement: Determinants and Analysis
New Directions: Neuroscience and Conditioned Reinforcement
Information and Conditioned Reinforcement
Delay Reduction and Conditioned Reinforcement
Generalized Conditioned Reinforcement
On he Applied Side: The Token Economy
Advanced Section: Quantification and Delay Reduction
Chapter Summary
Correspondence Relations: Imitation and Rule-Governed Behavior
Correspondence and Human Behavior
Correspondence and Spontaneous Imitation
Imitation in the Laboratory
Infant Imitation Research
New Directions: Behavioral Neuroscience, Mirror Neurons, and Imitation
Correspondence, Generalized Imitation, and Observational Learning
On the Applied Side: Training Generalized Imitation
Focus On: Rules, Observational Learning, and Self-Efficacy
Rule-Governed Behavior
Focus On: Instructions and Contingencies
Chapter Summary
Verbal Behavior
Language and Verbal Behavior
Focus On: Speaking and Evolution of the Vocal Tract
Verbal Behavior: Some Basic Distinctions
Operant Functions of Verbal Behavior
Research on Verbal Behavior: Manding and Tacting
Additional Verbal Relations: Intraverbals, Echoics, Textuals, and Autoclitics
Focus On: Higher-Order Verbal Classes and the Naming Relation
Analysis of Complex Behavior and Communication in the Laboratory
Note On: Universal Grammar
Symbolic Behavior and Stimulus Equivalence
New Directions: Behavioral Neuroscience and Derived Conceptual Relations
On the Applied Side: Three-Term Contingencies and Natural Speech
Advanced Section: A Formal Analysis of Manding and Tacting
Chapter Summary
Applied Behavior Analysis
Characteristics of Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Strategies in Applied Behavior Analysis
Contingency Management and Substance Abuse
Note On: Contingency Management and Online Help Resources
Behavior Analysis in Education
Applications of Behavior Principles
New Directions: Autism, Mirror Neurons, and Applied Behavior Analysis
Causes and Prevention of Behavior Problems
Focus On: Conditioned Overeating and Childhood Obesity
On the Applied Side: MammaCare-Detection and Prevention of Breast Cancer
Chapter Summary
Three Levels of Selection: Biology, Behavior, and Culture
Level 1: Evolution and Natural Selection
Genetic Regulation of Behavior
Focus On: Genetic Control of a Fixed-Action Pattern
Level 2: Selection by Reinforcement
Focus On: Operant Regulation in the Marine Snail, Aplysia
New Directions: Evolution, Environment, and the Obesity Crisis
Evolution, Reinforcement, and Verbal Behavior
Level 3: Selection and Evolution of Culture
Focus On: Depleting Resources, Punishment, and Communication
Origin, Transmission, and Evolution of Cultural Practices
Chapter Summary
Author index
Subject index
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