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ERIC Number: EJ853196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8855
Calculating Contingencies in Natural Environments: Issues in the Application of Sequential Analysis
McComas, Jennifer J.; Moore, Timothy; Dahl, Norm; Hartman, Ellie; Hoch, John; Symons, Frank
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v42 n2 p413-423 Sum 2009
Analysis and interpretation of behavior-environment relations are increasingly being conducted with data that have been derived descriptively. This paper provides an overview of the logic that underlies a sequential analytic approach to the analysis of descriptive data. Several methods for quantifying sequential relations are reviewed along with their strengths and weaknesses. Data from descriptive analyses are used to illustrate key points. Issues germane to contingency analysis in natural environments are discussed briefly. It is concluded that the conceptual distinctions among contiguity, contingency, and dependency are critical if the logic of sequential analysis is to be extended successfully to a behavior-analytic account of reinforcement in natural environments. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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