2004: West Virginia University Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology at West Virginia University, and particularly its behavior analysis doctoral training program, has contributed to the web of multiple influences of behavior analysis in contemporary society. As the influence of behavior analysis spreads from its birthplace in the liberal arts and continues to evolve, it is important to continue to develop and build on that liberal arts tradition and not abandon it. In departments of psychology, like that at West Virginia University, behavior analysis contributes to students' understanding of not only the behavioral sciences but also the humanities and other sciences. Behavior analysis presents other psychological viewpoints from a different perspective, suggests a unique worldview, and challenges students to question the nature of their own histories and personal philosophies. Such influences in the shaping of the lives of generations of young people argue strongly for the continued commitment of behavior analysis to the liberal arts and to psychology.


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