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The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 123–129 | Cite as

Behaviorism and Society

  • Jon E. KrapflEmail author
Commentary

Abstract

A probable list of causes for the limited acceptance of behaviorism in our society is identified. This is followed by a summary review of the proposed solutions identified in other papers in this special issue of The Behavior Analyst, most of which relate to either better marketing of either the behavior analytic process or the results achieved as a consequence. One paper proposes a more broad conception of behavior analysis. This paper endorses the solutions identified in previous papers and then goes on to propose an even more broad conception of behavior analysis and makes the point that behavior analysis is unlikely to flourish unless behavior analysts understand a good deal more about the cultural and other contextual features of the environments in which they work.

Keywords

Linear causation Circular causation Marketing attributes Marketing benefits Cultural contingencies Organizational functions Organizational costs/benefits Theory based practice 

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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mason School of BusinessCollege of William & MaryWilliamsburgUSA

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