Rules Rule, or Do They?

Guest Blogger: Andy Lattal 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. One perspective, on which there is no universal agreement, is that rules function as discriminative stimuli, setting the occasion for
Guest Blogger: Andy Lattal 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:  “she behaves that way because she has an outgoing personality” (the
Guest Blogger: Andy Lattal   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? As
Guest Blogger: Dr. Andy Lattal There is another question to be answered before considering the question in the title of this commentary: “What is a free operant, anyway?” It is an expression that sometimes appears in talks and articles, but it isn’t as commonly used as it once was. Free operant originally described an experimental arrangement in which
Blogger: Kristin Myers-Kemp, ABA Online, College of Psychology & Liberal Arts, Florida Tech, Executive Vice President of ABA Technologies, Inc. There are a variety of paths that individuals take to enter the field of behavior analysis. A few take a direct route by entering a graduate program in behavior analysis after undergrad. Still, many pursue
Guest Blogger: Jackie Noto 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. With the high levels of time
Are you an applied behavior analysts too focused on techniques? What does this suggest about being board certified? Spend time challenging your own practices and link back to the true meaning of analyst.
Blogger: Kelly Therrien, MS, BCBA OBM for the BCBA In clinical organizations, most Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) work as program coordinators or clinical directors. Rather than working with clients “in-the-chair,” BCBAs supervise others doing the work. Developing programs and training staff might be old hat, but managing and engaging staff and families—long term—requires new
Blogger: Shauna Costello, MA, BCBA Humans are constantly in search of the newest, brightest solution for problems in everyday life. We download countless apps for tracking calories, learning languages, working out, budgeting—you name it. In education, we do the same. But the newest, brightest thing in teaching and learning might not be the solution. Education