Written by leading experts in language and cognition, this groundbreaking behavior analysis textbook brings the study of verbal behavior into the 21st century with cutting-edge research. Students and clinicians in the burgeoning field of applied behavior analysis will find the theoretical foundation they need to effectively help the increasingly diverse clients seeking their services.
Behavior analysis’s origins can be traced to the pioneering work of B.F. Skinner. Skinner’s fundamental insights into how human behavior is shaped, maintained, and can be changed was powerful and far-reaching. Some of Skinner’s most innovative contributions were in the study oflanguage.Behavior analytic work in the area of language and cognition did not stop with Skinner, however. Indeed, Skinner’s work in this area has inspired considerable expansion, particularly with an eye toward more sophisticated verbal and cognitive repertoires.
This important volume provides an overview of the concepts and core behavioral processes involved in language and cognition. You’ll find a deeper exploration of complex linguistic and cognitive skills, including generative responding, learning by observation, and perspective-taking. Also included are clinically supported interventions based in mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and emotion regulation to help clients improve complex language, social, and academic skills.
The future of behavior analysis is here. With its focus on the importance of language and cognition, this textbook is a must-read for anyone studying or practicing in the science of behavior.
About the Authors:
Ruth Anne Rehfeldt, PhD, BCBA, is professor of behavior analysis and therapy at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. She holds doctoral and master's degrees in psychology from the University of Nevada, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. She is also a board-certified behavior analyst.
Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is program director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as director of research at FirstSteps for Kids. Tarbox is the incoming editor of the journalBehavior Analysis in Practiceand serves on the editorial boards of five major scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment and well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, treatment of feeding disorders, and technology in autism treatment. He is a frequent presenter at autism and ABA conferences worldwide, and a regular guest on television and radio.
Mitch Fryling, PhD, BCBA-D, is associate professor in the applied behavior analysis programs at California State University, Los Angeles. He has authored and coauthored several scholarly publications, primarily in the area of behavioral theory and philosophy, especially as it pertains to complex human behavior and system development in behavior analysis. Fryling has also served as a reviewer, editorial board member, and associate editor for various behavioral journals, and is the incoming editor ofThe Psychological Record.
Linda J. Hayes, PhD, is Distinguished International Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. She cofounded the behavior analysis program in the Psychology Department at UNR, and served as its director for over a decade. She founded and directs the department’s Satellite Programs in Behavior Analysis. Hayes is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and has served two terms as its president. She is best known for her work in behavior theory and philosophy.