As you might be aware, fluency-based instruction and Precision Teaching evolved from more than a decade of incredibly productive, groundbreaking laboratory research by Ogden R. Lindsley. Lindsley brought Skinner's behavior science into the laboratory study of human
behavior, with a commitment to Skinner's measure, rate of response or (as Lindsley preferred to call it) behavior frequency.
This page contains a nearly complete archive of Lindsley's publications and unpublished reports produced prior to his transition from Harvard Medical School and the Behavior Research Lab at the Metropolitan State Hospital to the University of Kansas. We've assembled these documents here because many of those who practice fluency-based instruction and performance improvement have not had the opportunity to study Lindsley's earlier work, much of which is currently difficult to access.
Most of these documents came from B.H. Barrett's extensive collection of research papers (Barrett completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Lindsley and Skinner before building her own human behavior laboratory). Subsequent additions came from Lindsley's own archive of publications and reports, thanks to the generosity of Nancy Hughes, his long-time life partner.
Lindsley, O.R. (1956).
Annual Tech. Rpt. 3
- New Techniques of analysis of psychotic behavior & final T.R. for contract N5-ori-07662 9/1/55-11/15/56.
Lindsley, O.R. (2004).
Ogden R. Lindsley (1922-2004): Publications.
This is a file containing all known publications of Ogden Lindsley, the founder of Precision Teaching and inventor of the Standard Celeration Chart. References include basic laboratory research prior to development of Precision Teaching.