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Experimentation in Behavioral Psychology

The Flight to the Laboratory
  • Richard W. Malott
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

The surest path to ultimate reality is through the experimental sciences. Only by experimentation can we establish functional relations (causal relations). Only by manipulating an independent variable can we prove that it affects a dependent variable. Otherwise we are restricted to mere speculation.

Keywords

Causal Relation Behavior Analysis World View Applied Behavior Analysis Ultimate Reality 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard W. Malott
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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