DescriptionThis conceptual analysis offers an account of the practice of dog keeping by translating it into the selection-by-consequences framework (Skinner, 1981). To that aim, the notions of interlocking behavioural contingencies, meta-contingencies, and verbal behaviour are emphasized. First, the origins of cooperation of early humans (i.e., hunter-gatherers) and dogs are discussed considering the three levels of selection (natural, behavioural and cultural). Implications from this historical account to modern-day dog owning are presented (e.g., artificial selection of dogs). Second, the subsequent cultural practice of dog owning in its various forms (e.g., human-dog interactions) is explored. Finally, the question why dog keeping has sustained over millennia as a cultural practice is addressed by means of verbal behaviour (e.g., rulegoverned and contingency-shaped behaviour).
|Period||27 Apr 2019|
|Event title||Norsk Atferdsanalytisk Forening (Norwegian Behaviour Analytic Association)|
|Degree of Recognition||National|
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Applied behaviour analysis of owner-dog interactions: Assessment and intervention for behavior change, and animal welfare
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy