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Acta Comportamentalia

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PEREZ-ALMONACID, Ricardo. The behavioral analysis of human thinking. Acta comport. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.4, pp. 49-68. ISSN 0188-8145.

The conceptual and experimental status of behaviorist analysis of human thinking is reviewed. A critical analysis is made about its state of art within the Behavior Analysis, proposing that among its problems is to be based on categories appropriated to associative relationships, forcing them for explain which it exceeds, proposing as only scientific goals the prediction and control, and to confuse qualitative complexity with quantitative one. Finally, a behavioral alternative is outlined, based on a molar conception that recognizes conventional contingencies mediated by linguistic responses, that regards as essential to transcend the associative approach for establishing it, and defends other scientific goals different to prediction and control.

Keywords : Thinking; behaviorism; association; molar; symbolic behavior; conventional contingencies.

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