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ERIC Number: EJ869233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-0738-6729
What Are We Doing When We Translate from Quantitative Models?
Critchfield, Thomas S.; Reed, Derek D.
Behavior Analyst, v32 n2 p339-362 Fall 2009
Although quantitative analysis (in which behavior principles are defined in terms of equations) has become common in basic behavior analysis, translational efforts often examine everyday events through the lens of narrative versions of laboratory-derived principles. This approach to translation, although useful, is incomplete because equations may convey concepts that are difficult to capture in words. To support this point, we provide a nontechnical introduction to selected aspects of quantitative analysis; consider some issues that translational investigators (and, potentially, practitioners) confront when attempting to translate from quantitative models; and discuss examples of relevant translational studies. We conclude that, where behavior-science translation is concerned, the "quantitative" features of quantitative models cannot be ignored without sacrificing conceptual precision, scientific and practical insights, and the capacity of the basic and applied wings of behavior analysis to communicate effectively. (Contains 6 figures and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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