WEB SITE FOR LECTURE MATERIALS AND READINGS. http:// www.psychology.gatech.edu/psyc3031. ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT BEHAVIOR. 1. What kinds of events does (or should) a psychologist study? a. What do we mean by “behavior”? b. behavior as a feature of the whole organi sm
a. What do we mean by “behavior”?
b. behavior as a feature of the whole organism
a. Bernardian vs. Fisherian
b. Legacy of physics and physiology/pharmacology
a. functional vs. mediational
a. prediction, control, and understanding.
a. behavior analysis as a natural science.
The goal of any science is to reduce the apparent complexity of nature to relatively simple accounts, principles, or mechanisms all of which manifest a causal structure.
“…any explanation of an observed fact which appeals to events taking place somewhere else, at some other level of observation, described in different terms, and measured, if at all, in different dimensions.”
1. Definition of behavior and functional
2. Role of behavior in the natural sciences
3. Patterns of explanation
4. Contingency—the fundamental
explanatory concept in behavior analysis