Basic Research


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The basic research section offers resources related primarily to experiments relevant to the behavior of individuals. Related methodological and theoretical resources are also provided in this section.

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PDF Animal Behavior - Article
Animal Behavior - The Discovery of Shaping: B.F. Skinner's Big Surprise by Gail B. Peterson
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PDF CCBS Online Brochure
A downloadable PDF describing our organization, mission, programs and the people who volunteer their time and effort, our Board of Directors, Trustees and Advisors.


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PDF Hefferline Notes
A joint venture among the Center, the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and David Palmer leads to the publication of a .pdf document of the Hefferline Notes, Ralph Hefferline's notes on Skinner's lectures on verbal behavior at Columbia University in the summer of 1947. David Palmer created the searchable document and Edward Anderson funded the project.
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PDF Verbal Behavior: William James Lectures
By agreement among the Center, the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and David Palmer, The William James Lectures are published as a .pdf document. These lectures were given by Skinner in 1948 at Harvard University as a precursor to Verbal Behavior (1957). The searchable document was created by David Palmer and funding was provided by Edward Anderson.
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PDF Gambling in The News-Monkeys Gamble
When monkeys are given a choice between steady rewards and choice for more, they gamble.
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PDF What Works Clearinghouse: Single-Case Design Technical Documentation
The What Works Clearing House of the Institute of Education Sciences is now accepting single-subject research as scientific evidence.
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PDF A Behavior Analytic Paradigm for Adaptive Autonomous Agents
Behavior Analysis, the scientific study of animal and human behavior and learning, provides a strong conceptual framework for intelligent computer systems known as adaptive autonomous agents. The Seventh Generation Technology system, described in this paper, is an autonomous adaptive agent with cognition based on the behavior analytic paradigm.
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PDF Behavioral Contingency Analysis by Francis Mechner, Ph.D.
Behavior is a complex subject matter involving multiple functions that change over time, and as a result its own symbolic language is helpful for describing change. Francis Mechner's Behavioral Contingency Analysis provides this language. It describes all kinds of situations, from teaching to theory of mind to deception. And it does so in the best of behavioral/selectionist traditions, by analyzing complexity in terms of simple components.
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PDF Behavioural Interpretation of Cognition
It is not commonly appreciated that the behaviorist distinguishes the interpretation of behavior from the experimental analysis of behavior. Only the latter enterprise requires that variables be public, measurable, and reliable; the interpretation of behavior serves a different purpose and is differently constrained.
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PDF Chomsky's Formal Analysis of Natural Languages: A Behavioral Translation
The controversy between cognitive and behavioral accounts is in part simply a matter of speaking of the same things in different ways. But sometimes also, as when we fall to distinguish between structural and functional problems, controversies arise because we mistakenly speak of different things as if they were the same.
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