ERIC Number: EJ947338
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 6
Is Translation the Problem? Some Reactions to Critchfield (2011)
Branch, Marc N.
Behavior Analyst, v34 n1 p19-22 Spr 2011
The crux of Critchfield's (2011) article is that there have not been enough translational contributions, and as a result societal support for basic research in behavior analysis is waning. Critchfield suggests, therefore, that to remain viable as a research enterprise, more attention needs to be paid to the translational (read "immediate practical") implications of basic research in behavior analysis. Overall, the author's view of Critchfield's call for more emphasis on translational research is that it is really to urge more behavior-analytic research on verbally competent humans. The author finds that an admirable (if daunting) call. Behavioral research with nonhumans is not in current vogue across all approaches to the study of behavior, not just behavior-analytic ones, despite its obvious advantages with respect to control of the primary domain of independent variables--experience. Consequently, behavior analysis would do well to bring its viewpoint, and more important, its methods, which focus on individuals, to research on normally developing or developed humans. The eventual success of that endeavor, however, rests on advances in experimental techniques that overcome the problems associated with experimental subjects who have extensive, relevant histories.
Descriptors: Research, Behavioral Science Research, Predictor Variables, Psychology, Sciences, Behavior, Verbal Stimuli
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