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ABA Corner: Think Outside The Box


The founder of our field, B.F. Skinner, had a grand vision – a technology of behavior for the world.  He wasn’t talking about a science of autism, education, environmental sustainability, organizational performance, or any other specific domain.  He was talking about a science of generalizable principles that can be formlessly applied wherever behavior occurs.

Over the past year, I have given Keynote addresses and webinars on Skinner’s vision and how far (or not) we have come in fulfilling a global technology of behavior.  In short – we are nowhere close to fulfilling his goals.  Clinical applications in the area of autism and developmental disabilities are certainly pressing social issues that are aligned with Skinner’s vision, but they are not the totality of his vision.

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