The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 73–75 | Cite as

The Enduring Intellectual Legacy of B. F. Skinner: A Citation Count from 1966–1989

  • Bruce A. Thyer


It is frequently claimed that the influence of behaviorism in general and of B. F. Skinner in particular, is declining. Data obtained from the Social Sciences Citation Index for the years 1966–1989 document that in the last twenty-four years the number of citations to the works of Skinner has been reasonably steady. There is no evidence of a decline in the absolute number of such citations, suggesting that claims of the demise of behaviorism may be, once again, premature.

Key words

B. F. Skinner behaviorism behavior analysis 


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© Association for Behavior Analysis International 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce A. Thyer
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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