3 years ago

Impetus for a robust science of behavior: A review of nevin's Behavioral Momentum: A scientific metaphor

A. Charles Catania
Nevin provides a scientific role model, illustrating momentum in his own research and providing impetus through his effects on the scientific behavior of his students and his colleagues. I discuss his book in the context of a review of the history of the concept of extinction, I cite his introduction of signal-detection analysis into behavior analysis as a contribution not covered in this book, I briefly consider applications, such as the potential extension to fluency procedures in education, and I critique his concept of momentum, relating it to other metaphors for maintained behavior such as the dynamics of sensory systems and robustness in biological accounts of the stability of phenotypes.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/jeab.296

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