Describes arguments for the inclusion of cognitive science in the experimental analysis of behavior. These arguments are critically analyzed, with emphasis on the logic of objective inference and the renewed use of cognitive intervening variables. In addition, one particular defining feature of cognitive processes (i.e., the absence of an immediate controlling stimulus) is described, along with alternative points of view stressing molar-molecular levels of analysis and historical causation. The use of cognitive concepts and language in the behavioral sciences is discussed. On all of these issues, counterarguments are based on available material in behavior analysis metatheory, concepts, and experimental practices.
critical analysis of arguments for role of cognitive science, experimental analysis of behavior, literature review
Morris, Edward K; Higgins, Stephen T; Bickel, Warren K. Behavior-Analyst. Fall 1982. 5 (2) : 109-125