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BEHV 6010: Survey of Literature in the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

A course guide for students in BEHV 6010, this guide provides links to assigned readings, suggested databases, journals, and other resources of relevance

Course readings

Hineline, P. N. (1986). Re-tuning the operant-respondent distinction. Analysis and integration of behavioral units, 55-79.

Donahoe, J. W. (2014). Evocation of behavioral change by the reinforcer is the critical event in both the classical and operant procedures. International Journal of Comparative Psychology, 27, 537–543.

Pear, J. J., & Eldridge, G. D. (1984). The operant‐respondent distinction: Future directions. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 42(3), 453-467.

Williams, B. A. (1994). Conditioned reinforcement: Experimental and theoretical issues. TBA, 17(2), 261-285.

Bell, M. C., & Williams, B. A. (2013). Conditioned reinforcement in chain schedules when time to reinforcement is held constant. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 99(2), 179-188.

Rescorla, R. A. (1988). Pavlovian conditioning: It's not what you think it is. American psychologist, 43(3), 151.

Bell, M. C., & McDevitt, M. A. (2014). Conditioned reinforcement. The Wiley Blackwell handbook of operant and classical conditioning, 221-248.

Hineline, P. N., & Rosales-Ruiz, J. (2013). Behavior in relation to aversive events: Punishment and negative reinforcement.  In G. J. Madden, W. V. Dube, T. D. Hackenberg, G. P. Hanley, & K. A. Lattal (Eds.), APA handbook of behavior analysis, Vol. 1. Methods and principles (p. 483–512). American Psychological Association.

Laurence, M. T., Hineline, P. N., & Bersh, P. J. (1994). The puzzle of responding maintained by response‐contingent shock. Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior, 61(2), 135-153.

Benson, J. S., & Kennelly, K. J. (1976). Learned helplessness: The result of uncontrollable reinforcements or uncontrollable aversive stimuli?. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 34(1), 138.

Maier, S. F., & Seligman, M. E. (2016). Learned helplessness at fifty: Insights from neuroscience. Psychological review, 123(4), 349.

McIlvane, W. J. (2013). Simple and complex discrimination learning. In G. J. Madden (Ed.), APA Handbook of Behavior Analysis., Vol. 2, American Psychological Association.

Fields, L., Garruto, M., & Watanabe, M. (2010). Varieties of stimulus control in matching-to-sample: A kernel analysis. The Psychological Record, 60, 3-26.

Goldiamond, I. (1966). Perception, language, and conceptualization rules. In B. Kleinmuntz (Ed.), Problem solving (pp. 183–224). New York: Wiley. This chapter is on electronic reserve through the UNT Library. Your instructor will supply you with a course passcode and you need that + your euid/euid password, to log in and view the pdf. 

Bickel, W. K., & Etzel, B. C. (1985). The quantal nature of controlling stimulus-response relations as measured in tests of stimulus generalization. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 44(2), 245-270.

Sidman, M. (2000). Equivalence relations and the reinforcement contingency. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 74, 127 – 146.

Hayes, S.C. (1989).  A relational control theory of stimulus equivalence.  In L.J. Hayes & P.N. Chase (Eds). Dialogues on Verbal Behavior, (pp. 19-40). Context Press, Reno, NV. 

Grace, R. C., & Hucks, A. D. (2013). The allocation of operant behavior. In G. J. Madden (Ed.), APA HBA.

Hineline, P. N. (2001). Beyond the molar—molecular distinction: We need multiscaled analyses. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 75(3), 342-347.

Epstein, R. (1985). The spontaneous interconnection of three repertoires. The Psychological Record, 35(2), 131-141.

Shahan, T. A., Browning, K. O., & Nall, R. W. (2020). Resurgence as choice in context: Treatment duration and on/off alternative reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113(1), 57-76.

Steinfeld, M., Alcalá, J. A., Thrailkill, E. A., & Bouton, M. E. (2019). Renewal in a heterogeneous behavior chain: Extinction of the first response prevents renewal of a second response when it is separately extinguished and returned to the chain. Learning and Motivation, 68, 101587.


Schwartz, B. (1982). Failure to produce response variability with reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 37(2), 171-181.

Doughty, A. H., Giorno, K. G., & Miller, H. L. (2013) Reinforcer magnitude on reinforced behavioral variability. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 100(3), 355-369.

Equivalence and RFT

Galizio, M., Galizio, M., Bruce, K. E., & Bruce, K. E. (2018). Abstraction, multiple exemplar training and the search for derived stimulus relations in animals. Perspectives on Behavior Science, 41(1), 45-67.

Generalization and Concept Formation

Clark, D. C. (1971). Teaching concepts in the classroom: A set of teaching prescriptions derived from experimental research. Journal of Educational Psychology62(3), 253–278. 

Molar/Molecular and Matching Law

Crowley, M. A., & Donahoe, J. W. (2004). matching: Its acquisition and generalization. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 82(2), 143-159.

Meazzini, P., & Ricci, C. (1986). Molar vs. molecular units of analysis. In T. Thompson & M. D. Zeiler (Eds.),Analysis and integration of behavioral units (pp. 19-43).Erlbaum.

Adjunctive and Behavioral Contrast

Killeen, P. R. (2014). A theory of behavioral contrast. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 102(3), 363-390.

Wojnicki, F. H. E., Johnson, D. S., Charny, G., & Corwin, R. L. W. (2015). Development of bingeing in rats altered by a small operant requirement. Physiology & Behavior, 152(Pt A), 112-118.

Social Behavior and Coordination

Schmitt, D. R. (1998). Social behavior. In K. A. Lattal & M. Perone (Eds.), Applied clinical psychology. Handbook of research methods in human operant behavior (p. 471–505). Plenum Press.   This chapter is on electronic reserve through the UNT Library. Your instructor will supply you with a course passcode and you need that + your euid/euid password, to log in and view the pdf.

Vasconcelos, I. G., & Todorov, J. C. (2015). Experimental Analysis of the Behavior of Persons in Groups: Selection of an Aggregate Product in a MetacontingencyBehavior & Social Issues24(1), 111–125. 

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