A Taste of Research List 5a: The best stuff in journals isn’t always research

Every week when I write the lists, I try to stick to research articles as opposed to theoretical or discussion papers. I added one written by Ramona Houmanfar et al.  to List 2 because it is simply an amazing paper about how behavior analysis can make the world a better place, but over all I have stuck to traditional research. Personally, I love discussion papers, opinion papers, and theoretical papers so I decided to devote a list to them…well actually two. I found that there were enough articles on the importance of dissemination and improving our reputation with other fields, that next week’s list will be devoted entirely to those pieces.

Nosik, M. R., & Carr, J. E. (2015). On the Distinction Between the Motivating Operation and Setting Event Concepts. The Behavior Analyst, 38(2), 219–223. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-015-0042-5

Morford, Z. H., Witts, B. N., Killingsworth, K. J., & Alavosius, M. P. (2014). Gamification: The Intersection between Behavior Analysis and Game Design Technologies. The Behavior Analyst, 37(1), 25–40. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-014-0006-1

Slocum, T. A., Detrich, R., Wilczynski, S. M., Spencer, T. D., Lewis, T., & Wolfe, K. (2014). The Evidence-Based Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis.The Behavior Analyst, 37(1), 41–56. http://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-014-0005-2

Smith, T. (2013). What Is Evidence-Based Behavior Analysis? The Behavior Analyst, 36(1), 7–33.

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Remember, the lists I post as part of this series are not all inclusive. They provide a sampling of the type of work one can do as a behavior analyst/scientist outside the field of autism intervention.

Disclaimer: It is not too late to work with other populations if your training is with individuals with autism. Quite the contrary, we need more behavior scientists in other settings. If you do go to work in a public school setting or a eldercare setting or any other setting for that matter, make sure you form a relationship with a mentor who has worked in that setting for a minimum of 5 years or is otherwise deemed competent in the area you would like to provide services in (for more on this see the BACB Professional and Ethical Compliance Code Section 1.02) ). There is so much to learn and reading journal articles alone won’t teach it to you! The articles that I will include in each week’s list are meant to pique your interest in other areas, not serve as substitute for intensive study and additional training, mentorship, or supervision.