Factors Influencing the Development and Evolution of Remembering Interactions
AdvisorHayes, Linda J.
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This dissertation examines the concept of memory from the perspective of a natural science of behavior. In making this analysis, the philosophy of Interbehaviorism and system of Interbehavioral Psychology are described. Further, perspectives on memorial interactions in psychology in general, and behavior analysis in particular are examined. A number of implications and limitations of these perspectives are exposed. An alternative conceptualization of memory, derived from a natural science of behavior, is described, along with a comprehensive review of memorial interactions. Included in this review are memorial interactions of the remembering, reminiscing, and memorizing types. The aim of this analysis is to provide a naturalistic approach to memorial interactions of various sorts, such that future work may be pursued from this foundation. An experimental analysis of remembering interactions is explored, and results are reviewed. The implications of the data are considered and future conceptual and experimental work is suggested. Such studies are of importance within the analysis of behavior, as they expand the scope of events available for investigation, and facilitate an understanding of complex psychological happenings within a thoroughly naturalistic framework.