Wisconsin Association for Behavior Analysis

Common Misrepresentations of Behavior Analysis

Every field suffers some misrepresentation. But not every field faces persistent misrepresentation and nonrepresentation despite:

  • A large, well-written literature for many audiences.
  • A growing literature targeting misrepresentations.
  • Numerous contributions to experimental psychology and applied fields including education, clinical psychology, medicine, and business.

This work is an attempt to:

  • Identify some of the more enduring and damaging misrepresentations of behavior analysis.
  • Clarify the generally held behavior analytic position on these issues.
  • Provide the interested reader with resources for further study.