As we get ready for our upcoming virtual events with Dr. John Donahoe, we wanted to share some readings we return to often in our Barrett Initiative lab meetings.

A recent book edited by Drs. Zilio and Carrara featuring a chapter by Dr. Donahoe.

1. A Recent Chapter on Biological Behaviorism 

Dr. Donahoe recently contributed a chapter on biological behaviorism in a recent book Contemporary Behaviorisms in Debate edited by Drs. Diego Zilio and Kester Carrara. It is certainly worth checking out if you get your hands on a copy! Donahoe provides a narrative about his journey as a scientist and his introduction to behaviorism before introducing readers to his work on reinforcement and other essential areas for behavior analysts and neuroscientists. You can find this book and chapter through Springer. Also, the whole book is currently available on Amazon (as an E-book, too!).

2. A Classic Textbook on Learning and Complex Behavior

Donahoe and Palmer's important textbook

A classic textbook covering many important neuroscience and behavior topics.

Most of us also have a well-worn copy of Donahoe and Palmer’s 1994 textbook Learning and Complex Behavior on our bookshelf. This book provides a great introduction to biobehavioral processes as they relate to behavioral principles, as well as more complex human behavior like memory, perception, problem-solving, and attention. This book is currently available on Amazon.

3. A Journal Article on Behavior Analysis and Neuroscience as Complementary Disciplines

In 2017, Donahoe published a great article in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior detailing the synthesis of behavior analysis and neuroscience. This article also details selection by reinforcement, the mechanisms of reinforcement (e.g., the role of dopamine in the selection of environment-behavior relations), as well as behavioral topics like stimulus control and the emergence of equivalence classes among many other topics. This article is available on the JEAB website (ABAI members have free access to this journal) and Research Gate.


Let us know what you think of these readings using the comment box below!



We’re very excited about our two upcoming webinars with Dr. Donahoe as part of our inaugural lecture series. If you haven’t signed up yet, these events will occur on June 10th, 2022 at 2:00 pm CDT and June 17th, 2022 at 2:00 pm CDT. Register today!

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