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Essential readings for graduate students in behavior analysis: A survey of the JEAB and JABA boards of Editors

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We surveyed the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis in an attempt to construct an essential reading list for graduate students in behavior analysis. Respondents were asked to list up to 10 behavior-analytic journal articles, 10 behavior-analytic books, and 5 non-behavior-analytic books or journal articles that they felt were essential readings. Several behavior-analytic books were listed by members of both editorial boards, suggesting that an understanding of the philosophy of radical behaviorism and its basic principles are essential for graduate students. In contrast, a number of disparities point to differences in training and a lack of integration that may exist between basic and applied researchers. However, these disparities might also be indicative of the strength of behavior analysis. Finally, several non-behavior-analytic readings draw attention to the convergence of behavior analysis and other fields of study.

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Saville, B.K., Beal, S.A. & Buskist, W. Essential readings for graduate students in behavior analysis: A survey of the JEAB and JABA boards of Editors. BEHAV ANALYST 25, 29–35 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03392042

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