In support of reacquainting functional contextualism and interbehaviorism

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In the target article ‘Functional and Descriptive Contextualism’ the argument is made that Functional Contextualism may benefit from the Interbehavioral tradition. This commentary supports this perspective. The Functional Contextual approach is elaborated, and some of its weaknesses are highlighted. Following this some descriptions of analyses of complex behavioral events are presented, which permits a comparison of Functional Contextual and Interbehavioral approaches to such events. The ways in which Interbehavioral concepts proved to be of use in our analyses are then described. The implications of these concepts for Functional Contextualists are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Contextual Behavioral Science
Early online date10 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Jan 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The preparation of this paper was made possible by of Ghent University Grant BOF16/MET_V/002 , and by the support of an Odysseus Group 1 grant awarded to the Prof Dermot Barnes-Holmes by the Flanders Science Foundation ( FWO ).

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© 2020 Association for Contextual Behavioral Science

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  • Interbehaviorism
  • Functional contextualism
  • Private events
  • Complex behavior


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