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Conflicting Approaches: Operant Psychology Arrives at a Primate Laboratory

Dewsbury, Dr. Donald A. (2003) Conflicting Approaches: Operant Psychology Arrives at a Primate Laboratory . The Behavior Analyst 26:pp. 253-265.

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Abstract

During a brief period, from 1955-1957, behavior analysts, primarily Charles Ferster, Roger Kelleher, and John Falk, conducted research on chimpanzees at the Yerkes Laboratories of Primate Biology in Orange Park, Florida. This was a time of conflict between operant conditioners and more traditional experimental psychologists at the national level and there was a similar conflict at the local level in Orange Park. The principal overt issues concerned the use of deprivation procedures, the apparatus utilized, and the naming of animals, although more fundamental differences probably set the occasion for the disputes. The conflicts in Orange Park can be seen as a microcosm of the broader conflicts that occurred during a period when the operant approach was being extended and applied more broadly than before.

EPrint Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:Comparative psychology, primates, operant conditioning, behavior analysis
Subjects:Psychology > Animal/Comparative/Ethology
ID Code:209
Deposited By:Dewsbury, Dr. Donald A.
Deposited On:26 March 2004