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Edward K. Morris
Donald M. Baer (1931–2002) conducted seminal research on child behavior in the learning theory tradition of experimental psychology, he made fundamental contributions to behavior theory in child development, and he pioneered in the application of conditioning theory to behavioral problems in early childhood. Most notably, he was pivotal in founding applied behavior analysis, which experimentally analyzes problems of individual, social, and cultural importance and systematically discovers and applies empirically based solutions to them. Informed by B. F. Skinner's behaviorism, applied behavior analysis is today a basis for many “best practices” in education, especially in early childhood and for persons with autism, mental retardation, and other developmental disabilities. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on October ...