The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 3–10 | Cite as

Kinetic Output: A Conceptual, Dimensional and Empirical Analysis

  • J. Powell
  • R. F. Dickie


A dimensional analysis permitted behavioral frequency, duration and available time to be collapsed into a singular dimensionless expression called Kinetic output (Ko). An empirical analysis across several behaviors in some human subjects showed that the derived index of behavioral output, Ko, was more likely to exhibit less variability than rate or duration measures of the behavior. As a reduction in variability is synonymous with finding an increased order, the results tentatively support the notion that behavior may exhibit conformity at a previously undetected level. One major implication of the Ko formulation is that divergent frequency and duration performances are interpretable as reflecting alternate forms of the same equivalence.

Key words

kinetic output quantitative integration variability dimensional analysis response strength 


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Powell
    • 1
  • R. F. Dickie
    • 1
  1. 1.Honors ProgramCalifornia University of PennsylvaniaCaliforniaUSA

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