Humane Solutions through Behavioral Technology
H.S. Pennypacker, University of Florida
Murray Sidman, New England Center for Children
Published by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies 2001-2012
Behavioral Technology Today publishes, via the world wide web, technically valid yet readily understood information about the application of the results of behavioral research to problems of general public concern. Types of manuscripts appropriate for submission include Brief Empirical Reports, Technology Descriptions, Technical Information, Discussion Articles, and invited submissions. Brief Empirical Reports are peer reviewed. All other types of submissions are reviewed primarily for clarity and appropriateness by the editors. In all cases, acceptance of submitted material is at the discretion of the editors.
Statement of Purpose
The development and transfer of effective behavioral technologies is still very much in its infancy. One reason for this is that there does not exist a medium of communication and recognition for those whose work is progressing in this direction. There is surely no shortage of candidate technologies. Work is in progress on behavioral technologies that have been and are being applied in such areas as industrial safety, industrial behavior management, developmental problems like retardation and autism, prisons and other areas of law enforcement, drug addiction, feeding problems, education at all grade levels, inner-city schools, the training of pets and other animals–both at home and in zoos, instructional techniques, job training, interpersonal and international violence, international relations, medical problems that are largely behavioral problems (e.g., self-examination for breast cancer, self-evaluation of the need for insulin and self-administration of insulin, the “white-coat syndrome,” patients’ adherence to treatment regimens and drug prescriptions–in general, the field of behavioral medicine), sensory evaluation (especially visual and auditory thresholds with nonverbal patients), the kinds of “mental problems” that psychiatrists and traditional clinical psychologists deal with, the training of athletes (also, of race horses), the training of musical performers, and the development of special devices to facilitate performance by people who are handicapped. Surely additional areas will emerge as news of our venture becomes more widely disseminated.
More mature disciplines, such as engineering, have a variety of publications, some refereed, that serve to assist the technology transfer process by allowing contributors to document their accomplishments. Several audiences are served by these publications. These include workers in related fields, representatives of industry, government and the military, and the financial community, including potential investors. Perhaps our most important audience is the general public whom we intend to reach with the help of selected members of the mass media. Bringing technological advances to the attention of this diverse group ultimately facilitates the transfer process, thereby strengthening the contribution of the discipline to the culture.
By publishing Behavioral Technology Today, we propose to establish such a medium of communication for the discipline of behavior analysis.
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