Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #193
Contemporary Issues in Conditioned Reinforcement: Concept and Theory
Sunday, May 25, 2014
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
W176c (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: EAB/TPC; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Mark P. Reilly (Central Michigan University)
MARK P. REILLY (Central Michigan University)
MICHAEL PERONE (West Virginia University)
TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University)
Abstract: Conditioned reinforcement has long held a foundational role in a comprehensive account of learning and performance, serving a primary explanatory function in extrapolating research findings with non-humans to humans (Williams, 1994). Since its initial description, interpretation of inconsistencies in the results from several studies exploring the development and application of conditioned reinforcement have led to evolution in its conceptualization and instigated reconsideration of the necessity of conditioned reinforcement as an explanatory concept (Shahan, 2010). This panel discussion will explore current perspectives and controversy on the topic of conditioned reinforcement, particularly in relation to recent research such as that presented during the preceding symposium on ‘Contemporary Issues in Conditioned Reinforcement: Basic Research.’ Recommendations for conceptual and empirical advancement in the area of conditioned reinforcement will also be discussed. Panel contributors will debate contemporary issues in the area of conditioned reinforcement in an informal and organic manner in an effort to encourage audience participation.
Keyword(s): conditioned reinforcement



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