Book and Article questions

1. Troutman and Alberto discuss that scientific theories should be inclusive, verifiable, parsimonious, and have predictive utility.

a. state the definition of inclusive:

b. state the definition of verifiable:

c. state the definition of parsimonious:

d. state definition of predictive utility:

2. State how behavior analysis meets each of the criteria above and to what extent.

3.  State how another explanation of behavior (biophysical/biochemical, developmental, or cognitive) meets the criteria above and to what extent.

4. Baer (1968) suggests criteria for research to qualify as applied behavior analysis. State these criteria and be inclusive. (see bottom of page 22)


Baum (2017) Chapter 2


1. Define behaviorism. ​

2. Describe the differences between realism and pragmatism and explain which philosophical theory informs the science of behavior.

3. Describe what methodological behaviorism is. Discuss the similarities and differences between methodological and radical behaviorism. ​​

4. Define and state the shortcomings of mentalism for explaining human behavior. ​

5. Describe how radical behaviorists explain covert behavior.


Baum (2007) Chapter 4


1. Identify and describe the three levels of selection used by behavioral scientists.

2. What three conditions must be met in order for the process of natural selection to occur? How do these conditions relate to fitness?

3. Briefly define reflexes and fixed action patterns. How can these be selected?

4. Describe how selection occurs at an operant level?

5. State the three physiological considerations for reinforcement?

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