Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service

by Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies

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The 20th Century saw major advances in the quality of life for most of us. For many, however, there was little progress. Children with autism and many severe developmental disorders often ended up in large state-run institutions with little hope of ever leaving. Our educational system left many students unable to read. Cars were becoming safer, but drivers lagged behind. Treatments for breast cancer were advancing but too often they were not started early enough to save the life of the patient. Management practices in many organizations were reminiscent of the early industrial revolution. These and other problems called for a new approach to understanding behavior. Fortunately, a small group of scientists met this challenge and a new science of behavior emerged. Armed with decades of research on how behavior changes, they began to change the world.

In Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service, you will meet a few of these pioneers. They will tell you their stories in their own words. They will tell you how and why they abandoned traditional methods and sought new and better solutions to the present problems if our society. You will get to know them as passionate people with a deep commitment to science and making the world a better place.

Contributing Authors and Titles

Aubrey Daniels, Taking Behavior Analysis to Work
Tristram Smith, The Longest Journey
Karen Pryor, Inside and Outside Behavior Analysis
Henry Pennypacker, Reinforcement in the Key of C
Andy Bondy, Picture This
E. Scott Geller, Driven to Make a Difference
Teodoro Ayllon, Present at the Creation of Applied Behavior Analysis
Kurt Salzinger, Barking Up the Right Tree
Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, The Journey of a Pioneer Woman Applied Behavior Analyst
Murray Sidman, The Analysis of Behavior: What’s In It for Us?
Robert Holdsambeck, Special Children
Kent Johnson, Behavior Analysts Can Thrive in General Education Too
Abigail B. Calkin, Always the Back Door
Francis Mechner, Some Historic Roots of School Reform
Terry McSween, Journey Through Behavioral Safety
Carl Binder, Teachers and Students Passing it On
Richard Malott, What Makes Dick So Weird?
Travis Thompson, Imagination in Science
Dwight Harshbarger, Sliding Doors: A Chronicle
William L. Heward, Why Be a Behavior Analyst?
T. V. J. Layng, In Search of Consequences
Julie M. Smith, An Unusual Path to an Unusual Career in Organizational Behavior Management
J. E. R. Staddon, Superstition
Philip N. Hineline, On Discovering What Our Science Is About
Sigrid S. Glenn, Scratching the Itch for Integration
James E. Carr, From Working as a Behavior Analyst to Working For Behavior Analysis
Maria E. Malott, Searching for Answers: Behavior, Systems, and Culture
Victor G. Laties, A Life in Behavior Analysis and Psychopharmacology
A. Charles Catania, Antecedents: How Behavior Analysis Chose Me

Authors featured in Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service