A NEUROBIOLOGICAL ALTERNATIVE TO THE PERCEPTUAL REINFORCEMENT HYPOTHESIS OF STEREOTYPED BEHAVIOR: A COMMENTARY ON “SELF‐STIMULATORY BEHAVIOR AND PERCEPTUAL REINFORCEMENT”

Mark H. Lewis, Alfred A. Baumeister, Richard Mailman

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Abstract

A perceptual reinforcement theory of stereotyped movements is advanced by Lovaas, Newsom, and Hickman (1987) in an effort to integrate a number of diverse observations about the origins and maintenance of this behavior. We, in turn, argue that the theory, as presented, is logically flawed and fails to take into account important biological findings and theory concerning pathological stereotyped acts. An alternative theory, derived primarily from neurological concepts, is briefly described. 1987 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-258
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

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  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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