Why Relational Frame Theory alters the relationship between basic and applied behavioral psychology.

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APA Citation: 

Hayes, S. C., & Berens, N. M. (2004). Why Relational Frame Theory alters the relationship between basic and applied behavioral psychology. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Psychotherapy, 4, 341-353.

Publication Topic: 
ACT: Conceptual
ACT: Empirical
Behavior Analysis: Conceptual
Behavior Analysis: Empirical
Education: Conceptual
Education: Empirical
RFT: Conceptual
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
Basic and applied psychology, experimental and applied behavior analysis, language, cognition, & RFT
Abstract: 

The promise of a synthesized basic and applied psychology has been most strongly realized and appreciated in behavior analysis. The traditional model for this relationship has been largely unidirectional in that the experimental analysis of behavior has fed applied behavior analysis with its principles. Despite the relative strength of this relationship, which should lead to a more coherent and broadly effective discipline, behavior analysis seems to be narrowing its domain of influence both on the basic and applied fronts. We argue that this paradox can be explained by the inability to develop a broadly useful behavior analytic theory of language and cognition. Relational Frame Theory corrects that deficit, but it leads to a fundamental shift in the organization of the discipline, and the relationship between basic and applied behavior analysis. The current paper details what we view are the components of this new relationship and the reasons why this shift must occur.

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