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When is a pattern a pattern?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2010

Marc N. Branch
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Department of Psychology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. branch@webb.psych.ufl.edu

Abstract

Rachlin argues that according to “teleological” behaviorism self-control is evident in instances where an act is contrasted with an element of a temporally extended behavioral pattern. A strength of the argument is that it incorporates an important role for temporally extended context in identifying self-control. Weaknesses of this viewpoint are that it de-emphasizes the identification of manipulable controlling variables in defining and accounting for the origins of patterns.

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