A PCTer in EAB clothing (sort of) = Timberlake

[From Chris Cherpas (951129.1921 PT)]
   [re: > Mary Powers 951130]


It seems to me, rereading T. Kuhn, that the anomalies are the
chink in the EAB armor. You have been proposing to do some
canonical EAB experiments, but retracing half a century or so of
of work will only ever account for a few of the great number of

Yet research, like evolution, is selective and cumulative.
Hence, a research program started 30 years ago may
have influenced and sustained work up to the present.
That's where some canonicals might be usefully studied
a la PCT. If The Test was rigorously applied, an unsuspected
controlled variable might be discovered. Big win maybe.


So, does anyone have a handy-dandy little list of
reinforcement theory anomalies?

Not off hand (although I've never seen the definitive
explanation of contrast effects in multiple schedules).
However, I suggest reading some of Timberlake's work
in JEAB:

Timberlake, W. (1993). Behavior systems and reinforcement:
    An integrative approach. JEAB, vol 60, no 1 (July).
    -- references Bill Powers (1973 & 1989)}:sunglasses:

Timberlake, W. (1984). Behavior regulation and learned performance:
    Some misapprehensions and disagreements. JEAB, vol 41, no 3 (May).
    -- reference to Bill Powers (1978):wink: the editor follows this
        article by publishing the reviewers' comments, and then
        Timberlake's comments on the comments.

Timberlake, W. (1988). "The Behavior of Organisms:" Purposive
    behavior as a type of reflex. JEAB, vol 50, no 2 (September).

"Tiny Tim'" (I think he's about 6'6") is no reinforcement theory
apologist. If you're looking for someone who highlights those
Kuhnian chinks, Timberlake is a good source; plus, he proposes
control-theory-esque theories of behavior regulation (mixes in
economics and ethology too); in fact, I don't know of anybody
else who refers directly to PCT/BP within JEAB.

Best regards,