Association for Behavior Analysis International

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39th Annual Convention; Minneapolis, MN; 2013

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Special Event #12
SQAB Tutorial: Bringing Pavlov's Science to Behavior Analysis
Saturday, May 25, 2013
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
Auditorium Room 1 (Convention Center)
Area: EAB; Domain: Basic Research
Presenting Authors: : DANIEL GOTTLIEB (Sweet Briar College)

Recent research in Pavlovian conditioning has led to an increasingly expansive view of Pavlovian processes and a growing appreciation for their sophistication. Unfortunately, there has been relatively little progress in applying this knowledge toward the promotion of mental and physical well being. It is clear, however, that Pavlovian processes are important for more than phobias and drug relapse. Their influence extends to a variety of biological systems important for maintaining homeostasis and fighting illness, and they appear to play an important but overlooked role in response allocation. This tutorial will describe a variety of health-relevant Pavlovian phenomena from a contemporary perspective. The discussion will involve a description of the different types of Pavlovian stimuli, the circumstances that establish them, how to identify them, and what is known about the ability to modify them through intervention. Although behavior analysts have had great success in modifying behavior through principles of reinforcement and punishment, it is only when Pavlov's science is also brought into the fold that the full promise of behavioral intervention can be achieved.

DANIEL GOTTLIEB (Sweet Briar College)
Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., received his B.S. in psychology from Yale University, where he spent time in Allan Wagner’s animal learning laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Robert Rescorla and spent two years as a post-doc in C. R. Gallistel’s laboratory at Rutgers University. He is now an associate professor of psychology at Sweet Briar College, where he studies appetitive conditioning in rats and people. During the course of his career, Dr. Gottlieb has studied learning and decision-making processes in mice, rats, pigeons, rabbits, and people, and has published his work in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavioural Processes, and Psychological Science. He received APA’s 2006 Young Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, and Sweet Briar College’s 2007 Connie Burwell White Excellent in Teaching Award. Recent projects include an entry for Pavlovian Conditioning in Springer’s  Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning and a book chapter on the Principles of Pavlovian Conditioning for the upcoming Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning. 



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