Learning and Complex Behavior

What reviewers say:

“I believe it merits the title ‘classic’—a book to stimulate thinking and discussion for years to come” (Jack Marr—Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of the Behavior Analysis Division of the American Psychological Association)

“A beautiful example of the use of a small number of basic behavioral principles to understand all aspects of human behavior. … A wonderful mix of powerful conceptual tools!” (Jack Michael—Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of the Behavior Analysis Division of the American Psychological Association)

“Contains the crucial conceptual and research underpinnings of the field of learning and behavior” (Beth Sulzer-Azaroff—Past President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of the Behavior Analysis Division of the American Psychological Association)

“A must read for anyone whose interests lie in a comprehensive account of complex behavior” (T. V. Joe Layng—Co-founder and Senior Learning Scientist of Headsprout’s research-based instructional systems)

Purpose of the website

Learning and Complex Behavior describes basic biobehavioral processes and explores their implications for complex human behavior.   Basic processes (4 chapters) include natural selection, selection by reinforcement, generalization, discrimination, conditioned reinforcement, schedules of reinforcement, and associated phenomena. Complex behavior (8 chapters) includes stimulus classes (“concepts”), attending, perceiving, remembering, imagining, problem solving, and verbal behavior together with related findings from neuroscience and neuropsychology.   The website complements—but does not replace—the book. If you are considering purchase of the book, select the button labeled To buy book.

Supplemental material is added to the web site from time to time to keep the book current and to address additional topics. A complete listing of supplemental material is available by selecting the button labeled Supplemental Material. Because the principles rest upon well-established experimental findings, new findings in the Supplemental Material do not alter the approach fundamentally but permit their implications to be pursued more fully. The supplementary material for a given chapter is accessible through the web page for that chapter. Republishing the original book and adding supplemental material on the web site also has a practical value: It provides an updated and expanded book at approximately one-third the cost of a revised edition by the original commercial academic publisher.

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