Revista mexicana de análisis de la conducta
versión impresa ISSN 0185-4534
PULIDO, Marco A. y LOPEZ, Brisa D.. Behavioral Momentum Theory as a Guideline for Historical Research. Rev. mex. anál. conducta [online]. 2010, vol.36, n.3, pp. 93-101. ISSN 0185-4534. http://dx.doi.org/10.5514/rmac.v36.i3.06.
The purpose of the present paper was to present a behavior analytic model that may be used as a guideline to orient historic research. The behavioral momentum model suggests that reinforcement of a particular behavior makes it more persistent in the subject's repertoire. The model is used in this paper to analyze the Battle of Leyte Gulf and the Battle of France. Specifically the reinforcement histories of Admiral Bill Halsey and General Maurice Gamelin are analyzed, and their putative effects on the eventual outcomes of the aforementioned battles discussed. In general, the analysis suggests that the model adequately explains the relationships between reinforcement histories and military outcomes.
Palabras llave : Behavioral momentum; research guidelines; battle of Leyte Gulf; battle of France; interdisciplinary cooperation.