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The Psychological Record

The Psychological Record

Editor-in-Chief: Mitchell Fryling

ISSN: 0033-2933 (print version)
ISSN: 2163-3452 (electronic version)

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Choice and Chronic Health Conditions

The World Health Organization's (WHO) Global Health Observatory data indicate that over two-thirds of the 56 million global deaths were attributed to noncommunicable diseases in 2012. Such chronic health conditions come in the form of type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, and account for 86% of all health care spending in the United States (Gerteis et al., 2014). Other communicable chronic health conditions such as HIV are also major areas of concern; in 2014, 1.2 million global deaths were attributed to HIV-related illnesses alone (WHO). It is well-established that the majority of these chronic health conditions result from risky health decisions, such as: choosing to smoke, choosing sedentary activities, choosing to engage in unprotected sex, choosing to initiate alcohol or drug use, choosing calorie-dense foods over healthy alternatives, etc. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). That behavior analysis can help assuage chronic health conditions by careful considerations of active contingencies and/or environmental modifications cannot be overstated. Behavioral perspectives on choice and decision making (such as reinforcer demand, delayed reward discounting, relative reinforcer efficacy) have thereby become contributing factors of chronic health conditions (see Bickel & Vuchinich, 2000; Bickel, Moody, & Higgins, 2016).
We invite contributions on this topic to the Special Issue of The Psychological Record on Choice and Chronic Health Conditions. Specifically, we encourage submissions from empirical and experimental studies documenting the role of maladaptive choice as a risk factor for chronic health conditions, and intervention studies that demonstrate ways to modify choice to help prevent or treat chronic health conditions (e.g., through contingency management interventions). Any submissions along the basic to applied research continuum (including either human or nonhuman subjects) will be considered. We also encourage theoretical/conceptual pieces, as well as systematic reviews that synthesize behavioral contributions to chronic health issues.

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2016

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Special Issues Editors:

Derek D. Reed, Ph.D., BCBA-D (University of Kansas; dreed@ku.edu)
Michael Amlung, Ph.D. (McMaster University; amlungm@mcmaster.ca)
Thomas S. Critchfield, Ph.D. (Illinois State University;tscritc@ilstu.edu)
Kenneth Silverman, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; ksilverm@jhmi.edu)

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    The Psychological Record publishes empirical and conceptual articles related to the field of behavior analysis, behavior science, and behavior theory. The journal welcomes investigations of basic behavioral processes, as well as translational studies that bridge experimental and applied analyses of behavior. Conceptual articles pertinent to the theory and philosophy of behaviorism are also welcome.

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