Applied Quantitative Analysis of Behavior: What It Is, and Why We Care—Introduction to the Special Section

David P. Jarmolowicz, Brian D. Greer, Peter R. Killeen, Sally L. Huskinson

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Abstract

Science evolves from prior approximations of its current form. Interest in changes in species over time was not a new concept when Darwin made his famous voyage to the Galapagos Islands; concern with speciation stretches back throughout the history of modern thought. Behavioral science also does and must evolve. Such change can be difficult, but it can also yield great dividends. The focus of the current special section is on a common mutation that appears to have emerged across these areas and the critical features that define an emerging research area—applied quantitative analysis of behavior (AQAB). In this introduction to the “Special Issue on Applications of Quantitative Methods,” we will outline some of the common characteristics of research in this area, an exercise that will surely be outdated as the research area continues to progress. In doing so, we also describe how AQAB is relevant to theory, behavioral pharmacology, applied behavior analysis, and health behaviors. Finally, we provide a summary for the articles that appear in this special issue. The authors of these papers are all thinking outside the Skinner box, creating new tools and approaches, and testing them against relevant data. If we can keep up this evolution of methods and ideas, behavior analysis will regain its place at the head of the table!

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-516
Number of pages14
JournalPerspectives on Behavior Science
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Applied behavior analysis
  • Applied quantitative analysis of behavior
  • Behavioral pharmacology
  • Experimental analysis of behavior
  • health behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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