The fruits of a functional approach for psychological science

Authors:
Ian Stewart
Published Online:
24 Jun 2015
DOI:
10.1002/ijop.12184
Pages:
15–27
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 51 Issue 1

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The current paper introduces relational frame theory (RFT) as a functional contextual approach to complex human behaviour and examines how this theory has contributed to our understanding of several key phenomena in psychological science. I will first briefly outline the philosophical foundation of RFT and then examine its conceptual basis and core concepts. Thereafter, I provide an overview of the empirical findings and applications that RFT has stimulated in a number of key domains such as language development, linguistic generativity, rule‐following, analogical reasoning, intelligence, theory of mind, psychopathology and implicit cognition.

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