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dc.contributor.authorMorris, Edward K.
dc.identifier.citationMorris, E. K. (2009). A Case Study in the Misrepresentation of Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism: The Gernsbacher Lectures. The Behavior Analyst, 32(1), 205–240.
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dc.description.abstractI know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabrics of their life. (Tolstoy, 1894)

This article presents a case study in the misrepresentation of applied behavior analysis for autism based on Morton Ann Gernsbacher's presentation of a lecture titled “The Science of Autism: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions.” Her misrepresentations involve the characterization of applied behavior analysis, descriptions of practice guidelines, reviews of the treatment literature, presentations of the clinical trials research, and conclusions about those trials (e.g., children's improvements are due to development, not applied behavior analysis). The article also reviews applied behavior analysis' professional endorsements and research support, and addresses issues in professional conduct. It ends by noting the deleterious effects that misrepresenting any research on autism (e.g., biological, developmental, behavioral) have on our understanding and treating it in a transdisciplinary context.
dc.publisherABAI: Association for Behavior Analysis International
dc.subjectapplied behavior analysis
dc.subjectresearch methodology
dc.titleA case study in the misrepresentation of applied behavior analysis in autism: The Gernsbacher lectures
kusw.kuauthorMorris, Edward K.
kusw.kudepartmentApplied Behavioral Science
kusw.oaversionScholarly/refereed, publisher version
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