Fort Skinner in the Desert: The Emergence and Dissolution of the Arizona State University’s Behavior Analysis Program 1955-70.

Travis Thompson


An innovative behavior analysis program was created, developed and matured, then unexpectedly imploded at Arizona State University between 1955 and 1970. The program included many who later became leaders in behavior analysis, and trained distinguished doctoral students.  The conditions giving rise to the program in the first instance, and what caused the abrupt dissolution of the program in 1970 is the subject of this historical investigation. Consideration is given to more general implications of this series of events with possible lessons learned.




Fort Skinner; Arizona State University; Arthur Bachrach

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