The Covariance Based Law of Effect : A Fundamental Principle of Behavior

Faculty/Professorship: Foundations in Education  
Author(s): Borgstede, Matthias  ; Luque, V. J.
Title of the Journal: Behavior and philosophy
ISSN: 1053-8348
Corporate Body: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies
Publisher Information: Beverly, Mass.
Year of publication: 2021
Volume: 49
Pages: 63-81
Language(s): English
Building on George Price's formal account of selection, we present an abstract theoretical account of behavioral selection that integrates the domains of individual learning and evolution. From the perspective of the multilevel model of behavioral selection (MLBS), we argue that the covariance based law of effect (CLOE) qualifies as a fundamental principle of behavior in that it provides a general formal framework for selectionist thinking and model building. We demonstrate the feasibility of our approach by means of a covariance based model of choice behavior that explains the effects of changeover delays on operant matching.
GND Keywords: Verhalten; Verhaltenspsychologie
Keywords: behavioral selection, covariance based law of effect, multilevel model of behavioral selection, natural selection, Price equation, metatheoretical structuralism
DDC Classification: 150 Psychology  
RVK Classification: CP 8000   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Open Access Journal: Ja
Type: Article
Release Date: 29. April 2022