Generalists and Specialists

Friday, 3 Apr 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
In a recent piece in the New York Times titled, “

Invasive Behavioral Events: Lessons from Invasive Species

Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
The stability of an ecosystem, including the species that occupy it, can be disrupted when an invasive species appears in it.

Complex Behavior

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
“Complex” has two uses in psychology.

Out of Thin Air?

Tuesday, 3 Mar 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Ever think about where operant behavior comes from? What is it before that first reinforcer occurs? 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.

When in Doubt, Make a Cumulative Record

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Contrary to a popular myth among many behavior analysts, Skinner invented neither the

Creating Your Personal Brand

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2020 by Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA
What comes to mind when you hear the word brand?

Behavioristic Bliss

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Someone recently sent me a rather gloomy article titled, “Your Professional De

Rules Rule, or Do They?

Tuesday, 4 Feb 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Rules are everywhere, from the Ten Commandments to those whose violations bring us into traffic court. It is no surprise that rule-governed behavior occupies such a prominent place in behavior-analytic theory.

Behavior Analysis’s Not-So-Secret Agent

Thursday, 23 Jan 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
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.” Each of these agents is said to be responsible for behavior: 

A Signal Experience

Thursday, 16 Jan 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
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.

Immedium and Procrastinium: A Fable in Waiting

Tuesday, 7 Jan 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Once upon a time, there were twins named Immedium and Procrastinium. As their names might suggest, the two approached tasks very differently.

Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020

Wednesday, 1 Jan 2020 by Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA
The end of the year can be a busy time of hustle and bustle as you wrap up work and manage the end of year holiday celebrations.