Thursday, 16 April 2020
Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. “Wash your hands for as long as it takes to sing the ‘Happy birthday’ song – twice” is the mantra of 2020, and with good reason. Not only that but also spraying packages from Amazon with Lysol and using that stuff on doorknobs and everything else metallic or cardboard or other
Tuesday, 07 April 2020
Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. In an old experiment, Boren (1966) placed two Rhesus monkeys in separate operant chambers so that the two animals were visually and aurally isolated from one another. His was an experiment on mutual reinforcement, so the schedules were arranged such that Rhesus A’s responses produced reinforcement only for Monkey B and Rhesus
Friday, 03 April 2020
Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. In a recent piece in the New York Times titled, “You Don’t Want a Child Prodigy: What ‘Roger’ Dads do Better Than Tiger Moms Ever Will” by David Epstein, the author weighs the relative merits of raising children as “specialists,” focusing on one skill at which they excel, as in musical and sports prodigies,
Friday, 27 March 2020
For individuals seeking a career in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), there are many options for coursework, both on-campus and online. Because certification from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board® (BACB®) is the most recognized and popular credential for professional behavior analysts, many students seek to meet the BACB coursework and supervised experience requirements and to pass the certification exam (hopefully the first time!).
Tuesday, 24 March 2020
Being vigilant and attuned to the threats of invasive species and invasive behavioral events may be the best thing that can be done. Keeping them out is important, but when they appear, managing them early seems critical.
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
“Complex” has two uses in psychology. One is to describe something with a lot of “moving parts.” The other use of complex is “I don’t understand it.”
Tuesday, 03 March 2020
In speaking of the origins of operant behavior, Skinner famously observed that “[o]perant conditioning shapes behavior as a sculptor shapes a lump of clay.
Wednesday, 26 February 2020
The origins of cumulative frequency plots, as they were known, date back to at least a couple of centuries ago, and now appear frequently in popular media.
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
Whether you are a recent college graduate, starting your career, or an established profession, having a personal brand helps as you calibrate your choices.
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
Someone recently sent me a rather gloomy article titled, “Your Professional Decline is Coming Much Sooner Thank You Think.” The author, Arthur Brooks, says that everyone over the age of 50 is washed up in their current careers, and should quit and do something else!
Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Rules are derived to guide behavior under certain conditions. Rule-governed behavior occupies a prominent place in behavior-analytic theory.
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Psychologically speaking, an agent is an entity responsible for a course of action. Some psychological agents with which many of us are familiar are “personality,” “conscience,” “self,” and “stress.”