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Webinar Series

Neuroscience for Behavior Analysts: A Tutorial


Daniele Ortu (University of North Texas)


Date: April 19, 2022
Time: 4:00 PM Eastern


Abstract: A new world of opportunities is opening up for behavior analysts. Neuroscientific measurement tools have reached a degree of spatial and temporal resolution that, when in the hands of experienced behavior analysts, may allow a revolutionary expansion of repertoires due to the inclusion of new receptor and effector systems. At this point in history, behavior analysts are in an ideal position to inform biomedical engineers on how to analyze neural responses within the framework of the Three-Term Contingency. Here I provide a tutorial on fundamental neuroscientific concepts from a behavior-analytic perspective, focusing on the pragmatic contributions that our practitioners can provide to neuroscience.


Instruction Level: Intermediate


Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe at least three neuroscientific measurement tools; (2) Provide an example of a biomedical decision informed by behavior analytic principles; (3) Identify brain areas mostly involved in antecedents, responses, and consequences.


1 BACB CEU available; no ethics or supervision content.


Ortu DanieleBiography: Daniele Ortu is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, where he teaches Behavioral Neuroscience. He received his M.A. from AILUN in Nuoro (Italy) and his Ph.D. from the University of Stirling (United Kingdom). His primary interests are real-time measures of brain activity, specifically Electroencephalography and Event-Related Potentials and how they relate to a Skinnerian perspective. Conceptually, Dr. Ortu is involved in understanding how brain responses can help provide some missing pieces of the puzzle when it comes to comprehending complex human behavior. Daniele is in the editorial board of the Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavior and Social issues, Behavior and Philosophy, and is a Guest Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 




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