The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 17–26 | Cite as

Three Conceptual Units for Behavior

  • Roy Moxley


Three generic units for behavior are examined in terms of their background: an if-then unit for stimulus and response (S-R), a holistic unit for Kantor’s behavior segment, and an AB-because-of-C unit for Skinner’s three-term contingency. The units are distinguished in terms of their respective historical backgrounds, causal modes, advantages, and disadvantages. The ways in which these units may be compatible are discussed.

Key words

behavior analysis interbehavioral field mechanistic explanation S-R psychology three-term contingency conceptual units 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roy Moxley
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  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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