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Measuring Thoughts

“Neuroscientists Decode Brain Speech Signals into Written Text.” If you suspect that the National Enquirer wrote this recent newspaper headline, you would be wrong. It was published by the respected British newspaper, The Guardian.   It caught my eye for obvious reasons. I have not checked out the science, but the report is about how
Our founder Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz made the trip to beautiful Morgantown, WV, to receive an award from his alma mater, West Virginia University (Ph.D. ‘84). On Friday, September 13, WVU’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences honored notable graduates for their contributions in their communities—civic leadership and social welfare activities, intellectual and cultural pursuits. Jose is

Like a Boss

What does it mean to be a boss? When you hear the word “boss” do you picture your favorite boss or perhaps one you were not particularly fond of? Or do you picture some other dramatic version of a boss? What about when it is your turn to be the boss? How do you decide
Our lingo tends to cause confusion, and we can take for granted how we use some colloquial words (reinforcement, motivation) in more precise and scientific ways.

Agency and Shaping

Guest blog by Andy Lattal, PhD Shaping, or the differential reinforcement of successive approximations, is thought by many to be the most important tool in the behavior analyst’s toolbox. Shaping is usually thought of as something one human does to change the behavior of another living organism, most often to a human but also to a
On July 23, 2019, ABA Technologies, Inc., and Florida Tech launched  RBT Essentials 2nd Edition, a completely reworked and updated 40-hour training program. This “on-demand” course allows students to learn the required RBT content while maintaining their busy work lives. In this blog, learn more about some of these changes and how you can register
Tom Freeman is interviewed in this new blog titled, 𝐏𝐬𝐲𝐜𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐁𝐞𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐫 𝐏𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲. Freeman discusses recent increases in the diagnosis of ADD and ADHD, especially in boys under the age of 17, and the rampant use of medication to treat these individuals.
In our course, real-world stories and examples guide participants through the key principles and applications of OBM, clinical services, and instructional design. Active learning techniques—pause-reflect-and-write type activities, multiple-choice questions, and handouts—are used throughout to promote engagement and mastery of content.
Performance problems plague organizations both big and small. Wherever humans work, performance is happening, and so too are problems. Though each company’s performance issues are unique, often a formulaic—read: cookie-cutter— approach is the chosen remedy. In other words, let’s train and retrain everybody.
ABA companies are rapidly expanding and with growth comes challenges both great and small—employee retention, timeliness, and accurate billing, to name a few. No matter the pain point, all roads circle back to human performance affecting company profit and quality of services. So, how can you start small and with an impact?
Are you an applied behavior analysts too focused on techniques? What does this suggest about being board certified? Spend time challenging your own practices and link back to the true meaning of analyst.
Is approaching behavior change with a strategy of shame ever ethical under the BACB’s Professional and Ethical Compliance Code? Beyond those certified in clinical application, is shame a strategy that should be ever be used by a parent or professional as a method to change unwanted behavior?
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