Chapter 2. Radical Behaviorism

  1. Peter Sturmey PhD Professor member Senior Lecturer Chief Psychologist clinical psychology trainee

Published Online: 17 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470773192.ch2

Behavioral Case Formulation and Intervention: A Functional Analytic Approach

Behavioral Case Formulation and Intervention: A Functional Analytic Approach

How to Cite

Sturmey, P. (2008) Radical Behaviorism, in Behavioral Case Formulation and Intervention: A Functional Analytic Approach, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470773192.ch2

Author Information

  1. Queens College and The Graduate Center City University of New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 25 AUG 2008

Book Series:

  1. Clinical Psychology

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470018897

Online ISBN: 9780470773192

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Keywords:

  • radical behaviorism, philosophy of science;
  • defense of radical behaviorism;
  • radical behaviorism - unified world view and a kind of science distinct from mainstream psychology;
  • radical behaviorism and Skinner's work - lightning rod for controversy in different areas;
  • Skinner - people blinkered by their own beliefs and experiences, by language and culture;
  • “functional relationship” - reliable relationship between change in independent variable and dependent variable;
  • Skinner's - biological evolution, cultural evolution, and evolution of behavior;
  • behaviorism, functionalism sharing with forms of functionalism;
  • Skinner and cultural evolution;
  • applied behavior analysis (ABA)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • An Account and defense of Radical Behaviorism

  • A Science of Behavior

  • The Causes of Behavior

  • Skinner's Three Sources of Behavior

  • Functional Analysis and Mathematics

  • Applied Behavior Analysis

  • Misrepresentations of Behaviorism

  • Summary