The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 61–70 | Cite as

How Is Physiology Relevant to Behavior Analysis?



Physiology is an important biological science; but behavior analysis is not a biological science, and behavior analysts can safely ignore biological processes. However, ignoring products of biological processes might be a serious mistake. The important products include behavior, instinctive drift, behavior potentials, hunger, and many developmental milestones and events. Physiology deals with the sources of such products; behavior analysis can deal with how the products affect behavior, which can be understood without understanding their sources.

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behavior analysis developmental milestones developmental events physiological processes physiological products physiology 


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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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