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Blogger: Carlos Zuluaga The goal of ABA practitioners is to help consumers of behavior-analytic services achieve meaningful outcomes. Such a noble goal demands the identification and implementation of effective interventions. It is clear the implementation of effective treatment involves the manipulation of relevant environmental events influencing the behavior of consumers. But, an aspect sometimes overlooked
ABA in Spain Q and A
Guest Blogger: Jaime Rus Alba, ABA Technologies CSF Student Intro: ¿Qué es el análisis aplicado de Conducta? ¿Es una ciencia independiente? ¿En qué se diferencia de la psicología? ¿Cuál es el futuro de esta ciencia? ¿Qué presencia tiene en el mundo hispanohablante? A éstas y otras preguntas le da respuestas uno de los mayores especialistas
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Generalization in Times of Crisis

Guest Blogger: Jaime Rus Alba, ABA Technologies CSF Student   Applied Behavior Analysis is mostly implemented within controlled environments (schools, clinics, hospitals and residential settings), with a recommended 30-40 hour/week treatment plan. For services performed within a client’s home, the issue of reaching generalization in the natural environment is not so prominent, but we are
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By Vince Bello ABA Technologies CSF Student Behavior analysis today gets most of its mainstream recognition for the work being done in applied settings, referred to as applied behavior analysis (ABA). The progress of behavior analytic applications has been important for the dissemination of the science and even better for the clients across the world
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Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. The distinction between contingency governed (or “shaped”) and rule-governed behavior is an old saw for most behavior analysts. Like most dichotomies, this one doesn’t hold up under careful analysis. Behavior that is shaped by its consequences gives rise, at least with humans, to rules that can impact future actions along the lines

As Useful as a Third Ear

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   When I was a graduate student in clinical psychology, lo those many years ago, I was assigned Theodore Reik’s book, Listening with the Third Ear.  Reik was a psychoanalyst of considerable reputation and his book was widely read by my generation and earlier generations of clinical psychology students. The message, of
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The Term DRO

Bad or Possibly Redeemable Label? Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D. 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 differential-reinforcement-of-other-behavior schedule, or DRO. The term first was used by Reynolds (1961), although in a paper received two months before
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Ethical Dilemma

Recently, Tom Freeman, MS, BCBA, LBA-NY, LBA-MA, and current senior vice-president of ABA Technologies, Inc., received a question from a colleague regarding an ethical dilemma of sorts. Following is the exchange between the two—one that, hopefully, will be helpful to others confronted with a similar issue. Question: Tom,  I am facing a potential ethical issue
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Praying Deer

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   For the past six months I have had the pleasure of living in the beautiful city of Nara, Japan, during a sabbatical leave to conduct research at nearby Osaka Kyoiku University with my fine colleague Professor Hiroto Okouchi. Among the many beautiful sights of Nara is a 1300- acre park. And
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Happiness

Blogger: Andy Lattal, Ph.D.   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