7th Edition

Behavior Analysis and Learning A Biobehavioral Approach

    690 Pages 205 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    690 Pages 205 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using a behavioral perspective, Behavior Analysis and Learning provides an advanced introduction to the principles of behavior analysis and learned behaviors, covering a full range of principles from basic respondent and operant conditioning through applied behavior analysis into cultural design. The text uses Darwinian, neurophysiological, and biological theories and research to inform B. F. Skinner’s philosophy of radical behaviorism.

    The seventh edition expands the focus on neurophysiological mechanisms and their relation to the experimental analysis of behavior, providing updated studies and references to reflect current expansions and changes in the field of behavior analysis. By bringing together ideas from behavior analysis, neuroscience, epigenetics, and culture under a selectionist framework, the text facilitates understanding of behavior at environmental, genetic, neurophysiological, and sociocultural levels. This "grand synthesis" of behavior, neuroscience, and neurobiology roots behavior firmly in biology. The text includes special sections, "New Directions," "Focus On," "Note On," "On the Applied Side," and "Advanced Section," which enhance student learning and provide greater insight on specific topics. This edition was also updated for more inclusive language and representation of people and research across race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, and neurodiversity.

    Behavior Analysis and Learning is a valuable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in psychology or other behavior-based disciplines, especially behavioral neuroscience. The text is supported by Support Material that features a robust set of instructor and student resources:

    1. A Science of Behavior: Perspective, History, and Assumptions
    2. The Experimental Analysis of Behavior
    3. Reflexive Behavior and Respondent Conditioning
    4. Reinforcement and Extinction of Operant Behavior
    5. Schedules of Reinforcement
    6. Aversive Control of Behavior
    7. Operant–Respondent Interrelationships: The Biological Context of Conditioning
    8. Stimulus Control
    9. Choice and Preference
    10. Conditioned Reinforcement
    11. Correspondence Relations: Imitation and Rule-Governed Behavior
    12. Verbal Behavior
    13. Applied Behavior Analysis
    14. Three Levels of Selection: Biology, Behavior, and Culture


    Erin B. Rasmussen is Professor of Psychology at Idaho State University, USA.

    Casey J. Clay is Director of Behavior Programs at the Thompson Autism Center at Children’s Hospital Orange County in California, USA.

    W. David Pierce (1945-2020) was a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    Carl D. Cheney is Professor, Emeritus, of Psychology at Utah State University, USA.