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There’s a Man Goin’ Round Taking Names

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This commentary addresses the two basic premises of the argument made by Dixon et al (2015) concerning quality metrics for behavior analytic graduate training programs. Taken together, these premises assert that the practice of behavior analysis will be more effective if practitioners are research savvy and that becoming research savvy is more likely to occur in a circumstance in which research is ongoing. I support both of these assumptions, the former by examining the impact of group circumstances on values, and the latter by considering the repertorial elements likely to be established under conditions of contingency shaping.

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Hayes, L.J. There’s a Man Goin’ Round Taking Names. Behav Analysis Practice 8, 134–135 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-015-0070-3

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