Publications

Mechner, F. (1958). Probability relations within response sequences under ratio reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1, 109-121.

Mechner, F. (1958). Sequential dependencies of the lengths of consecutive response runs. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1, 229-233.

Mechner, F. (1959). A notation system for the description of behavioral procedures. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 2, 133-150.

Mechner, F. & Ray, R. (1959). Avoidance of time out from fixed-interval reinforcement. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 2, 261.

Mechner, F. (1961). Programming for automated instruction. New York: Basic Systems, Inc.

Mechner, F. (1961). Behavioral contingencies. In J.G. Holland, Solomon, C., Doran, J., & Frezza, D.A. (Eds.), The Analysis of Behavior in Planning Instruction (pp. 50-62), 1976. New York: Addison-Wesley.

Mechner, F., Snapper, A.G., & Ray, R. (1961). Behavioral effects of methamphetamine and methylphenidate in rat and man. In E. Rothlin (Ed.), Neuro-Psychopharmacology, Vol. 2. (pp. 167-171). Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing Company.

Mechner, F. (1962). Effects of deprivation upon counting and timing in rats. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 5, 463-466.

Cook, D. A. & Mechner, F. (1962). Fundamentals of programmed instruction. New York: Columbia Engineering Quarterly, 15:3, 18-21.

Mechner, F. (1962). Behavioral analysis for programmers. New York: Basic Systems, Inc.

Mechner, F., Guevrekian, L., & Mechner, V. (1963). A fixed interval schedule in which the interval is initiated by a response. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 6, 323-330.

Mechner, F. & Latranyi, M. (1963). Behavioral effects of caffeine, methamphetamine, and methylphenidate in the rat. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 6, 331-342.

Mechner, F. (1963). Science education and behavioral technology. In R. Glaser (Ed.), Teaching Machines and Programmed Learning II (pp. 441-508), 1965. Washington, D.C.: National Education Association.

Mechner, F. & Cook, D.A. (1964). Behavioral technology and manpower development. Publication of the Directorate of Scientific Affairs. Paris, France: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Mechner, F. (1964). Behavioral technology and the effective use of subject matter experts. New York: Basic Systems, Inc.

Mechner, F. (1965). Some recent advances in behavioral technology. Presented at the March, 1965 American Hospital Association Conference on Programmed Instruction. New York: Basic Systems, Inc.

Mechner, F. (1965). Learning by doing through programmed instruction. American Journal of Nursing, 65:5, 18-29.

Mechner, F. (1965). Behavioral technology and the development of medical education programs. In J.P. Lysaught (Ed.), Programmed Instruction in Medical Education (pp. 67-76). Rochester, NY: University of Rochester.

Mechner, F. (1965). Science education and behavioral technology. In R. Glaser (Ed.), Teaching Machines and Programmed Learning, II: Data and Directions (pp. 441-507). Washington, D.C.: National Education Association of the United States.

Mechner, F. (1966). Behavior technology and social change. In Proceedings of the American Management Association. New York: American Management Association.

Weingarten, K & Mechner, F. (1966). The contingency as an independent variable of social interaction. In T. Verhave (Ed.) Readings in the experimental analysis of behavior (pp. 447-459). New York: Appleton Century Crofts.

Mechner, F. (1967). Behavioral analysis and instructional sequencing. In P.C. Lange (Ed.), Programmed instruction: The sixty-sixth yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education (pp. 81-103). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Mechner, F. (1977). A new approach to programmed instruction. New York: Behavioral Science Applications, Inc.

Mechner, F. (1977). The “problem” of the schools. Educational Technology, 17:1, 45-47.

Mechner, F. (1978). Engineering supervisory job-performance change. Training, 15:10, 65-70.

Mechner, F. (1981). A self-instructional course in behavioral analysis of interpersonal interaction skills (coaching, counseling, and leadership) and equipment maintenance skills. Arlington, VA: U.S. Army Research Institute Publication.

Mechner, F. (1989). Present certainty equivalents and weighted scenario valuations. Journal of Business Venturing, 4, 85-92.

Mechner, F. (1993). Methodological points for behavioral scientists. New York: Behavioral Science Applications, Inc.

Mechner, F. (1994). The revealed operant: A way to study the characteristics of individual occurrences of operant responses. In S.S. Glenn (Ed.), Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies Monograph Series: Progress in Behavioral Studes, Monograph #3. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Mechner, F. (1994). Learning and practicing skilled performance. New York: Behavioral Science Applications, Inc.

Mechner, F., Hyten, C., Field, D.P., & Madden, G. (1997). Using revealed operants to study the structure and properties of human operant behavior. Psychological Record, 47, 45-68.

Mechner, F. (2008). Behavioral contingency analysisBehavioral Processes, 78, 124-144.

Mechner, F. (2008). Applications of the language for codifying behavioral contingencies.  New York: The Mechner Foundation.

Mechner, F. (2008). An invitation to behavior analysts: Review of In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 90, 235-248.

Mechner, F. (2009). Analyzing variable behavioral contingencies: Are certain complex skills homologous with locomotion? Behavioral Processes, 81, 316-321.

Mechner, F. (2010). Anatomy of deception: A behavioral contingency analysis. Behavioral Processes, 84, 516-520

Mechner, F. (2010). Chess as a behavioral model for cognitive skill research: Review of Blindfold Chess by Eliot Hearst and John Knott. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 94, 373-386.

Mechner, F. (2010). Formal parallels among derivatives, Ponzi processes and bubbles: A behavioral contingency analysis. New York: The Mechner Foundation.

Mechner, F. (2011). Why behavior analysis needs a formal symbolic language for codifying behavioral contingencies. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 12, 93-104.

Mechner, F., & Jones, L. D. (2011). Effects of sequential aspects of learning history. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, 37, 109-138.

Mechner, F. (2012). Remarks regarding Charles Catania’s 1981 discussion article “The Flight from Experimental Analysis.” European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 13, 227-230.

Mechner, F. (2012, June 29). OpEd: A model school in Queens. The Queens Courier. Available online.

Mechner, F., Fredrick, T., & Jenkins, T. (2013). How can one specify and teach thinking skills? European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 14, 285-293.

Mechner, F., Fiallo, V., Fredrick, T., & Jenkins, T. (2013). Paideia Individualized Education Technology: An approach to reconfiguring K-12 schools. New York: The Mechner Foundation.

Jones, L. D., & Mechner, F. (2013). Systematic operant bias observed in human participants during research on choice. European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 14, 295-311.

Mechner, F., & Jones, L. D. (2015). Effects of repetition frequency on operant strength and resurgence of non-criterial features of operants. Mexican Journal of Behavior Analysis, 41, 63-83.

Jones, L. D., & Mechner, F. (2015). Kinesthetic operant bias in keyboard-based choice behavior.  European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 16, 202-228.

Mechner, F. (2015). Some historic roots of education reform. In R. Holdsambeck & H. Pennypacker (Eds.), Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery and Service (pp. 229-252). Beverley, MA: Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

Mechner, F. (in press). A behavioral and biological analysis of aesthetics: Implications for research and applicationsThe Psychological Record.

INTERVIEWS

Siegel, C. M. (1982). Sales: The Fast Track for Women. New York: MacMillan Publishing Co., Inc.  [Dr. Mechner is profiled and interviewed in Chapter 6: Learning How to Sell (pp. 100-115).]

History in the making: A conversation with Francis Mechner, Founder of Basic Systems. (1985). Learning International Exchange, 24, pp. 1, 3.

Arntzen, E. (2012, November). The interview: Dr. Francis Mechner. EABA Newsletter, 2(2), 5-8.

Glenn, S. [Behavior Analysis History]. (2014, November 8). An interview with Francis Mechner . Available online.