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Guest blogger: Janis Allen, Performance Leadership Consulting Measurement of performance and performance appraisals strike fear in the hearts of employees and supervisors alike.  At the beginning of my career, I was one of those nagging HR managers whose responsibility was to get all the supervisors and managers in our manufacturing plant to complete annual appraisals
If You Change Nothing Nothing Changes
Blogger: Aaron Bevacqua, M.S., BCBA As behavior analysts, we are specifically trained to find functional alternatives to ongoing issues. We are frequently called on when a child or an adult becomes overly aggressive, either towards themselves or others. All too often, before we arrive, a pattern has already been established: a person (or group) has
Team Leader Skills
Guest Blogger: Michael McCarthy, author of Sustain Your Gains: The People Side of Lean-Six Sigma Today I saw a post on LinkedIn about a team rising to meet a challenge. During this Covid-19 crisis, Italian hospitals have a shortage of respirators. A doctor “came out with an idea but didn’t know how to make it:
COVID Survival Guide for Caregivers
Guest Blogger: Evelyn Kendall It’s COVID-19, and everyone is talking about new shows to binge-watch or new hobbies to start. How nice. But you’re a parent working from home with three kids under the age of 10. New hobbies? TV shows? That’s a foreign language to you. You’re lucky if you and your kids get
Didn't Know I had the Authority
Guest blogger: Janis Allen, Performance Leadership Consulting In severe pain, a woman was taken to a hospital emergency room on Christmas day. She was told by the charge nurse that medicine could not be prescribed until she was admitted into a regular hospital room. It was flu season, and no beds were available. A family
Dissing-Ability

Dissing Ability

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. Suddenly, an observable response pattern—reading—is turned into an internal state. Too many times I have read in both student and professional papers something to the effect that “the child had the ability to solve the problem” or “the pigeon had the ability to discriminate…” Three problems render such expressions untenable and therefore
Catch-Up Contingencies

Catch-Up Contingencies

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. Ever heard the expression “closing the barn door after the cows are out?”  It basically means coming up with a solution that is too little, too late, to work. This happens even at the cultural level in that sometimes society recognizes that the way things have been done is in the long-run
Blogger: Darnell Lattal, Ph.D. The Future just got a Restart on the Meaning of Unpredictable In the Spring of 2020, the world is engaged in very large behavioral changes that we hope will lead to positive outcomes. The question is, “Will we thrive?” We will isolate and distance ourselves for a rather long while most
When Punishment is a Reinforcer

When Punishment is a Reinforcer

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. Punishment, by definition, reduces, weakens, or eliminates (depending on one’s theoretical bias) the responses on which it depends. But punishment also reinforces other behavior, notably that of the one administering the punishment. It does so because the behavior being punished is reduced or ceases altogether. And once the behavior of punishing is
Obsessing over OCD days of COVID-19
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
What is Social Behavior

What is Social Behavior?

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
Generalists and Specialists

Generalists and Specialists

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,
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