The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 45–57 | Cite as

Some Historical Relationships between Science and Technology with Implications for Behavior Analysis

  • Roy A. Moxley


The relationship between science and technology is examined in terms of some implications for behavior analysis. Problems result when this relationship is seen as one in which science generally begets technology in a one-way, or hierarchical, relationship. These problems are not found when the relationship between science and technology is seen as two-way, or symmetrical, within a larger context of relationships. Some historical examples are presented. Collectively, these and other examples in the references weaken the case for a prevailing one-way, hierarchical relationship and strengthen the case for a two-way, symmetrical relationship. In addition to being more accurate historically, the symmetrical relationship is also more consistent with the principles of behavior analysis.

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science technology behavior analysis graphing 


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  • Roy A. Moxley
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  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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