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APA Citation: Tryon, W. W. (2000). Neural Network Learning Theory integrates behavior therapy and behavior genetics. the Behavior Therapist, 23, 3-21.

Disciplines

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Abstract

This article makes several preliminary points prior to presenting two examples of how Neural Network Learning Theory (NNLT) integrates behavior therapy and behavior genetics. I will argue that NNLT is both a cognitive and behavioral theory; that neither cognitive nor behavior theory informs us about biological, including genetic, factors; and that NNLT provides and understanding of how biological, including genetic, factors influence psychology and behavior. I use the term integration to mean that NNLT provides a single vocabulary and set of explanatory concepts consistent with the broad spectrum of behavioral and cognitive therapies and informs us as to how genetics can regulate both psychological and behavioral processes. My comments are intentionally general. I do not suggest that most or all of the desired information is at hand. Nevertheless, enough is known to conclude that NNLT is an extraordinarily promising theory that deserves close attention by all psychologists, especially behavior therapists.