Mentalism and Behaviorism Discussion

Mentalism and Behaviorism Discussion

Mentalism and Behaviorism Discussion

Your unit readings address the behavior analytic perspectives on what behaviorists refer to as the mentalistic approach to analyzing and solving human problems. New learners of ABA often have difficulty with changing their perspectives about the causes of behavior.


In your post:

  • Define both mentalism and radical behaviorism. Which do you think more closely relates to ABA in practice today?
  • Provide three mentalistic statements and then change them to behavior analytic statements.

When looking at your three mentalistic statements, what words indicated mentalistic thought, and why?

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    Mentalism and Radical Behaviorism


    Mentalistic or behavioristic


    If mentalisitic, provide an alternative

    Bobby dropped his pencil and got out of his seat to retrieve it each time the teacher asked him to write his name.      
    Ava was very happy at school today. Her teacher stated that she loved playing with other children at school.      
    Stacy calls to make an appointment at her doctor’s office, because she knows she has the flu.      
    Dana ate cake after having a long day to uplift her emotions.      
    Every time the instructor asks Johnny to wash his hands, he walks to the sink, turns the water on, and washes his hands.      
    Elizabeth follows her mother’s directions, because she knows she will be rewarded for appropriate behavior when she does.      
    Kevin broke his pencil, because he was frustrated with the questions on his math test.      
    Each time the buzzer sounds, the rat approaches the lever and presses it. When this occurs, a food pellet is produced.      
    It is observed that each time the light is on, the rat presses the lever and a food pellet is delivered.      
    Alicia got a 100% on her exam, because she is smart.      

    Analyze how the behavioristic approach is different from most other psychology fields:

    (be sure to include references.)



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