The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 141–148 | Cite as

Behavior analysis and the R&D paradigm

  • J. M. Johnston


This paper considers research and development (R&D) as a style of investigation that holds promise for the field of behavior analysis. Contrasted with academic-style research, R&D tends to be highly targeted toward achievement of specific outcomes, which are determined by a user community. R&D is typically multidisciplinary in character and is coordinated by a funding source. R&D usually includes extensive field testing and systematically addresses technology transfer. A program of R&D focused on detector dogs serves as an exemplar of this approach for behavior analysis.

Key words

dogs olfaction research and development detection explosives illicit drugs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, 211 ThachAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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