The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 149–161 | Cite as

A Historical Perspective on the Future of Behavior Science

  • Linda J. HayesEmail author
  • Mitch J. Fryling


Like all natural sciences, behavior science has much to offer toward an understanding of the world. The extent to which the promise of behavior science is realized, though, depends upon the extent to which we keep what we know before us. This paper considers fundamental concepts in behavior science, including the concepts of behavior, stimulation, setting conditions, and language. In considering these concepts, we revisit comments from B. F. Skinner and J. R. Kantor and also consider some areas of behavior analytic research and the implications they have for reconsidering long-held assumptions about the analysis of behavior. We hope that, in considering our foundations, the vitality and strength of the discipline might be enhanced, our impact on science improved, and our future secured.


Behavior Behavior science Stimulation System building Language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology/296University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA
  2. 2.California State UniversityLos AngelesUSA

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