Thursday, 16 January 2020
I recently found myself caught up in a great discussion with two colleagues, both of whom I highly respect, concerning a particular term that we see in many places in our science. The discussion centered around whether or not it is good Behavior-ese to describe a discriminative stimulus as signaling the availability of reinforcement.
Tuesday, 07 January 2020
Once upon a time, there were twins named Immedium and Procrastinium. As their names might suggest, the two approached tasks very differently.
Wednesday, 01 January 2020
Consider setting goals for yourself at work and in your personal life. After all, having a target keeps us engaged and moving toward bigger things.
Tuesday, 17 December 2019
Behavioral psychologists have, for a very long time, been interested in the circumstances under which behavior does or does not persist.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Free operant originally described an experimental arrangement in which the organism could move about freely, without constraint. It was used in part to distinguish the typical operant situation from the Pavlovian or respondent, one in which the experimental animal was restrained so that the reflex could be measured more easily.
Tuesday, 03 December 2019
Dangerous behavior simply can’t be ignored. The person engaging in it is going to either hurt herself or someone else if it continues. Saying that is easy, knowing what to do about it is a rabbit hole. At what point does the behavior become more than “disruptive” and cross the “dangerous” threshold?
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
We use different labels to describe these real or maybe not-so-real connections between basic behavioral processes and things we see in everyday life. Anyone who took a course in English composition in college learned about metaphors (heart of gold) and similes (“My love is like a red, red rose”), which are ways of saying that one thing is like something else, at least in some ways.
Tuesday, 19 November 2019
In a famous article entitled “Are Theories of Learning Necessary,” published in 1950, Skinner examined the broad spectrum, that is, psychology, and presented it to the Midwestern Psychological Association. He proposed that approaches at either end of the psychology spectrum were somewhat disordered.
Friday, 08 November 2019
Regardless of the path one takes, completing a Verified Course Sequence (VCS) will provide a foundation in behavior analysis on which to build a career.
Tuesday, 01 October 2019
Many applied behavior analysts find themselves in a different world from that in which they were trained. Playing well with others is not only pragmatic, but it is also the right way to live one’s professional life.
Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Effectively planning and leading meetings are beneficial for the success of employees and the company alike. Research has shown that productive meetings can have a significant return on investment for a company; however, few have received instruction on how best to plan or lead meetings.
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
“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.