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Controversies about behavioral history: the identification of history effects and their duration / Polêmicas sobre história comportamental: identificação de seus efeitos e sua duração

Author(s): Carlos Eduardo Costa | Sérgio Dias Cirino | Carlos Renato Xavier Cançado | Paulo Guerra Soares

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 22;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 394;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Behavioral history | Experimental analysis of behavior | Radical behaviorism

Although behavior analysts agree that current behavior is affected by history, researches on behavior history have raised several controversial questions. The present article addresses two of these questions: (a) the classification of history effects as "latent", and (b) the possibility that history effects are permanent. It is argued that the product of history is a changed organism, not a stored history. It is suggested that history effects are transitory, short-lived or long-lasting, regarding the specific variables of the procedure. The present article also suggests implications of these analyses for future research on this area.
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