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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. When a deadline was assigned, Procrastinium’s first reaction was to do something else, while Immedium started on it and soon got it done, PDQ, kazaam, what’s next?
The Lift 007 | Structured Problem Solving Skills
This podcast episode describes the importance of teaching supervisees to take a structured problem-solving approach. The roles of negative reinforcement and self-control in problem identification and problem-solving are discussed. The podcast describes a structured 5 step process for problem solving and strategies for maximizing your success at each step.
It Is Not All about Reinforcement, or Is It? Discriminating between Motivating Operations and Discriminative Stimuli
Reinforcement and its law was a major contributor to the advances made by behavior analysis. However, there is so much more that should be learned regarding contingencies. A better understanding of environmental factors of behavior has aided analysts in analyzing behavior as well as creating treatments for their clients. Antecedent events are just as important as consequences because they directly relate.
Arranging Reinforcement Systems in Applied Settings Part 2
“A lot of people get queasy when thinking about this; we’re considering an individual with an established set of preferences and related utility for reinforcers associated with those preferences, and then we want to start manipulating those preferences. Well, some people think that’s not a good idea—preferences are what preferences are.”
Arranging Reinforcement Systems in Applied Settings Part 1
“For a lot of the populations that we work with, it is difficult to extract very clear, very useful information on what sort of things might function as reinforcement for them.” Dr. Iser DeLeon, PhD, BCBA Abstract
Preference and Reinforcement Assessment
“Identifying reinforcers is absolutely essential when we are working on acquisition. In order to teach someone a new behavior, we need to be able to reinforce that behavior when it occurs.” Dr. Meagan Gregory, BCBA Abstract
The Term DRO
Tuesday, 25 Aug 2020 by Andy Lattal, PhD
Bad or Possibly Redeemable Label? A procedure in which each target response postpones a scheduled reinforcer most often is described in both the basic and applied research and practice literature as a dif
How Can We Improve Our Dissemination Skills in Behavior Analysis?
Friday, 30 Sep 2022 by Megan Galban
To individuals who are unfamiliar with or are not fluent in behavior-analytic terminology, the language can seem displeasing and off-putting. Many technical terms used in the science have a very different meaning than their everyday use and may even have a negative connotation.
Reinforcement-Based Interventions for Problem Behavior in IDD
“You can develop a highly effective treatment that works beautifully in a well-controlled space, but if that intervention is not practical and is not something that people are willing to do, it simply will not be adopted.” Iser G. DeLeon, PhD, BCBA-D Abstract
Guiding the Role of the RBT®
Wednesday, 31 Mar 2021 by Victoria German
Your most important role as a supervisor is to get results for your clients, offering them optimal opportunities to improve their quality of life. As experts in the science of behavior analysis, you can get results by maximizing and supporting your most important asset—your people.
Operant Innovations Monthly 004 | Stereotypy Q&A | Dr. Bill Ahearn
Join Operant Innovations for our Stereotypy Q&A with Dr. Bill Ahearn, Ph.D., BCBA-D
AC4P with Dr. Scott Geller 012 | Positive Psychology & Behavioral Science Part 1
Dr. Geller has been talking about using the science of behavior in conjunction with positive psychology for some time. Now it is your turn to connect the two! Recently, on social media, a book by Dr. Martin Seligman was posted and the question was asked if anyone uses these practices?
The Sun is Bright, and Sunscreen is Sticky: An Analysis of an Avoidance Scenario
Thursday, 4 May 2023 by Kristin Myers-Kemp, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA-NY, Thomas Freeman, M.S., BCBA, LBA-NY, LBA-MA
As behavior analysts, we constantly try to determine why people do what they do. Often this is in a clinical context. Why does Johnny tantrum? Why does Jane flop during transitions? Other times we try to analyze scenarios as a brain exercise, conceptual analysis for fun, or for those preparing for certification to dissect practice questions.
From Boo-Hiss to Bravo
The typical performance appraisal is DDDD: Dreaded, Delayed, Done under Duress. Supervisors’ least favorite and most procrastinated task can be transformed into an ongoing source of feedback and positive reinforcement, spearheaded by the employee.