Toward A Quantifiable Theory Of Behavior Incorporating Time, Space, Behavioral Repertoire, And Momentary State Of Well Being | 18038
Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy
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o organize, explain, and consolidate a progressively expanding knowledge of human behavior, a path to an over-arching
theory of behavior is proposed. The path utilizes Staats concept of Basic Behavioral Repertoire (BBR), suggesting methods
by which it can be quantified. It couples this with the construct of State of Well Being (SWB), which is conceived to be either
positive or negative with a varying intensity. This SWB type and intensity is proposed for each behavior in a persons BBR.
The BBR along with current space and time becomes predictor variables which limit probabilities of alternative behaviors
by quantifying all variables in an equation. The equation predicts most probable behaviors at the nexus of space, time and
behaviors currently available in the BBR. Precision is enhanced by specifying a current nexus State of Well Being (SWB) of
Positive (Po) or Negative (Ng) type and intensities from +1.0 to -1.0, which is matched with the SWB where usual behavior
from the BBR is emitted. An artificial repertoire is utilized to show how the equation derives most probable behaviors. The
theory proposes preliminary empirical work to demonstrate how it can predict probabilistically, behaviors from the BBR for
a nexus of different Space and Times. It proposes a path to be able to articulate with Kahneman, & Tversky (1979) Prospect
Theory. Strengths and advantages of the path are offered to provide an over-arching quantitative logical structure to bridge
disparate domains of psychological phenomena. The theory could have practical application in predicting shopping choices
for locations, products and price. It could be useful for predicting routine behavioral locations, temporal epochs, and probable
behaviors at levels above random chance values. Lastly, the theorys modest strengths and limitations are discussed and for
some limitations possible remedial solutions are suggested.
Jesse Milby is currently a Professor of Psychology at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He perused his B.A., English in 1962 from Eastern Baptist College, St. Davids, PA, completed his PhD in 1968 with the subjects of clinical Psychology from University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL and did post-docs from three different institutes-University of London, Institute of Psychiatry (Behavior Therapy); Temple University, Eastern PA Psychiatric, Institute (Behavior Therapy) & Johns Hopkins University (Clinical Psychopharm) during the period from 1977-2005. He also gained acknowledgement for many peer reviewed publications.
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