A behavior-analytic developmental model is better
|Gary Novak a1 and Martha Peláez a2|
a1 Department of Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus, Turlock, CA 95382
a2 Department of Educational and Psychological Studies, University Park Campus, College of Education, Miami, FL 33199
Behaviorists accept, but go beyond, Williams' notion that there is an evolutionary origin to some unlearned pain behaviors. A behavior-analytic developmental model is a better fit for explaining the totality of pain behaviors. This model focuses on respondent-operant interactions and views much pain behavior as “mands” (i.e., demands). Behaviorally based explanations from the crying and social referencing literature support this model.