Ph.D. in Psychology, Harvard University, 1961
I am a Behavior Analyst and Experimental Psychologist with special interests in learning, schedules of reinforcement, and the analysis of verbal behavior. Much of my research has been rooted in biology where, for example, experiments on inhibitory interactions among operant classes were inspired by analogous interactions in sensory systems. Parallels between Darwinian natural selection and operant shaping have been relevant to several lines of work, including accounts of language evolution in terms of the functions of verbal behavior. It has helped me throughout to regard behavior as primary. Organisms evolved based on what they could do; all of their physiological systems evolved in the service of behavior. Thus, any effective science of behavior will necessarily be part of the biological sciences.That science, behavior analysis, has generated a broad range of applications, some of which are represented by the Applied Behavior Analysis graduate track in this Department.
Catania, A. C. (2017). The ABCs of behavior analysis: An introduction to behavior and learning. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.
Catania, A. C. (2017). Antecedents: How behavior analysis selected me. In R. D. Holdsambeck & H. S. Pennypacker (Eds.), Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service (Omnibus edition, pp. 541-574). Beverly, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.
Catania, A. C., Reilly, M. P., Hand, D., Kehle, L. K., Valentine, L., & Shimoff, E. (2015). A quantitative analysis of the behavior maintained by delayed reinforcers. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 103, 288-331.
Catania, A. C. (2013). A natural science of behavior. Review of General Psychology, 17, 133-139.
Catania, A. C. (2011). Basic operant contingencies: Main effects and side effects. In Fisher, Piazza, & Roane (Eds.). Handbook of Applied Behavior Analysis. New York: Guilford.
Catania, A. C. (2005). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): One process or many? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 446-450.
Catania, A. C. (2005). The operant reserve: A computer simulation in (accelerated) real time. Behavioural Processes, 69, 257-278.
Catania, A. C., Ono, K., & de Souza, D. (2000). Sources of novel behavior: Stimulus control arranged for different response dimensions. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 1, 23-32.
Catania, A. C., Lowe, C. F., & Horne, P. (1990). Nonverbal behavior correlated with the shaped verbal behavior of children. Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 8, 43-55.
Catania, A. C., & Sagvolden, T. (1980). Preference for free choice over forced choice in pigeons. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 34, 77-86.
Catania, A. C. (1973). The psychologies of structure, function, and development. American Psychologist, 28, 434-443.
Catania, A. C., & Reynolds, G. S. (1968). A quantitative analysis of the behavior maintained by interval schedules of reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 11, 327‑383.
Catania, A. C., & Gill, C. A. (1964). Inhibition and behavioral contrast. Psychonomic Science, 1, 257-258
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