An Experimental Analysis of Cultural Materialism: The Effects of Various Modes of Production on Resource Sharing

  title={An Experimental Analysis of Cultural Materialism: The Effects of Various Modes of Production on Resource Sharing},
  author={Todd A. Ward and Raymond L. Eastman and Chris Ninness},
  journal={Behavior and Social Issues},
The 1980s witnessed an increased interest among behavior analysts regarding a paradigm in cultural anthropology known as cultural materialism. This perspective suggests that all behavior ultimately rests on the relationship between the natural environment and the methods used to obtain resources needed to maintain survival and a high standard of living, known as the mode of production. While useful, scientists in this area have overlooked one valuable resource—the laboratory. We manipulated the… Expand

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