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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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Abstract

COSTA, Carlos Eduardo; CIRINO, Sérgio Dias; CANCADO, Carlos Renato Xavier  and  SOARES, Paulo Guerra. Controversies about behavioral history: the identification of history effects and their duration. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.3, pp. 394-403. ISSN 0102-7972.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722009000300010.

Although behavior analysts agree that current behavior is affected by history, researches on behavior history have raised several controversial questions. The present article addresses two of these questions: (a) the classification of history effects as "latent", and (b) the possibility that history effects are permanent. It is argued that the product of history is a changed organism, not a stored history. It is suggested that history effects are transitory, short-lived or long-lasting, regarding the specific variables of the procedure. The present article also suggests implications of these analyses for future research on this area.

Keywords : Behavioral history; Experimental analysis of behavior; Radical behaviorism.

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