Behavior Analysis Books

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The ABCs of Human Behavior offers the practicing clinician a solid and practical introduction to the basics of modern behavioral psychology. The book focuses both on the classical principles of learning as well as more recent developments that explain language and cognition in behavioral and contextual terms. These principles are not just discussed in the abstract—rather the book shows how the principles of learning apply in a clinical context. Practical and easy to read, the book walks you through both common sense and clinical examples that will help you use behavioral principles to observe, explain, and influence behavior in a therapeutic setting.

This volume presents a contemporary behavioral model of behavior disorders that incorporates the findings of current RFT and ACT research. Rich in possibilities for clinical work, this view of disordered behavior is an important milestone in clinical psychotherapy - an opportunity for behavioral clinicians to reintegrate their clinical practice with an experimental analysis of behavior.

This book is great resource to get you ready for the BCBA exam and to understand basic principals.

  • Baum, W. M. (2004). Understanding Behaviorism: Behavior, Culture, and Evolution (2nd edition). Wiley-Blackwell.

The "focus on research" and "on the applied side" sections in various chapters add an excellent generalization of concepts into interesting areas. There is a section on Bandura and the Bobo doll, review of Sidman's comments on coercion, review of the intrinsic/extrinsic reinforcement debates, a creativity section, respondent conditioning and heroin overdose, medical conditioning, and much more.

Really accessible account of behavioral principles. Great accompaniment to ABCs of Human Behavior.

  • Chiesa, M. (1994). Radical Behaviorism: The philosophy and science. Cambridge Center.
  • Leigland, S. (1992). Radical behaviorism: Willard Day on psychology and philosophy. Reno, NV: Context Press.

Puts Skinner's work in context; links history/philosophy and the battles of minds as a background to RFT/ACT.

  • Hayes, S. C. (Ed.). (1989/2004). Rule Governed behavior: Cognition, contingencies, and instructional control. New York: Plenum / reprinted in 2004 by Context Press.

One of the first full-length presentations of the ACT / RFT model is in three chapters in this book on the topic. This book is now available in paperback from Context Press.