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Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Happiness pervades modern life. It is a major topic of talk-show interviews, best-selling books, psychotherapeutic interactions, everyday gossip (“How can she really be happy with him?”), and personal ruminations. Poets, cartoonists, and novelists have done as good a job as psychologists in understanding it. I personally have always preferred Charles Shultz’s (the creator of the comic strip “Peanuts”) rather structural definition of happiness as “a warm puppy.”
Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 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 pet or a laboratory subject of the nonhuman persuasion. In such cases, the human is the agent of the shaping in that the human decides the conditions under which successive approximations do or do not merit reinforcement.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 by Andy Lattal, PhD
… Technologies is pleased to share that one of its own, Dr. Darnell Lattal , will be the 2019 recipient of the Organizational Behavior Management Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavior Analysis … a master's degree in Special Education where she began her behavioral work. She was taught by Phil Drash’s team in the Verbal Conditioning Laboratory at Johns Hopkins U, exposed to Ted Ayllon’s token economy work at Anna State Hospital, … psychology from WVU, during a time of intense exploration of concepts related to radical behaviorism and the importance of verbal behavior. She worked with psychiatric and prison systems, providing behavioral training and coaching to prison …