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Beyond the Brain Conference

Beyond the Brain Conference

Academic Conference at the University of Edinburgh on Reconceptualizing Mental Disorders

Abstracts: Ricardo de Pascual Verdú

Radical Behaviourism: Very Much Alive, Thank You


Behaviourism, and radical behaviourism specifically, are generally considered by many students and professionals to be an outdated approach to the topic of “mental illness”. Very often, bold assertions regarding Behaviourism and its perspective on biology, environment, brain, and “mind” are uttered, giving the impression that behaviourism is something so old, so hopelessly removed from current issues and problems, that it is certainly weird to consider it as anything other than dead or dying. It is my intention to clear some of those misunderstandings, and to propose, in a clear and positive way, what radical behaviourism can bring to the table of today’s research and practice in “mental illness”, neurosciences, and social issues.


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