ERIC Number: EJ947341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 22
Three Variations of Translational Research: Comments on Critchfield (2011)
Vollmer, Timothy R.
Behavior Analyst, v34 n1 p31-35 Spr 2011
The author agrees with Critchfield's ("Translational Contributions of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior," "The Behavior Analyst," v34, p3-17, 2011) thesis (to paraphrase): Behavior analysis must adapt; we cannot simply will ourselves into greater social relevance. Critchfield focused on the survival of the basic research arm of behavior analysis, known as the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB). In this article, the author briefly categorizes three general variations of translational research to make a case that translational research is essential for the field of behavior analysis. He attempts to relate these categories to comments and concepts presented by Critchfield. His point about Critchfield's thesis is that people should support and conduct translational research because it is genuinely useful to do so.
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Research, Reinforcement, Researchers, Intervention, Autism, Behavior Problems, Social Problems
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