Title

Evaluating Features of Behavioral Treatments in the Nonhuman Animal Laboratory

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Behavior Analyst Today

Volume

8

Publication Date

2007

First Page

136

Last Page

144

Abstract

Behavioral treatments for severe problem behavior are often derived from basic behavioral principles initially evaluated in the nonhuman operant laboratory. It is less common to see laboratory experiments conducted for the specific purpose of addressing nuances of behavioral treatments. Because of functional analysis/assessment methods that are now commonly used in applied behavior analysis, integrated basic and applied research is more feasible and bidirectional. This is true because a functional analysis identifies reinforcers for problem behavior and, thus, control of those reinforcers is possible in a way that is similar to controlling access to reinforcers in basic research. Because of our enthusiasm for the possibility of conducting basic research on common behavioral treatments, we initiated a rat laboratory for that purpose. In this paper, we describe some early work from the laboratory.

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