Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Symposium #453A
CE Offered: BACB
Our Own Verbal Behavior: Fifty Years as Participant-Observer. EAHB SIG Award: Dr. Philip N. Hineline
Monday, May 29, 2017
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom H
Area: EAB/VRB; Domain: Translational
Chair: Philip N. Hineline (Temple University - Emeritus)
Discussant: Claudia Drossel (Eastern Michigan University)
CE Instructor: Philip N. Hineline, Ph.D.

The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group invites you to formally recognize the contributions of Dr. Philip N. Hineline. Dr. Hineline's research interests have long focused on the Experimental Analysis of Behavior with extensions into Applied Behavior Analysis. Two former colleagues will review and reflect upon Dr. Hineline's career and his many contributions toward advancing our understanding of complex human behavior. Subsequently, Dr. Hineline will deliver comments reflecting upon his career, as well as his fifty years as participant-observer. Please join us to appreciate and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Philip Hineline.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): EAHB, Human Operant, Verbal Behavior
Learning Labels for Relationships I Already Understood: Celebrating the Achievements of Dr. Philip N. Hineline
(Basic Research)
J. ADAM BENNETT (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Looking back at his introduction to the field of Behavior Analysis, Dr. Philip Hineline once commented that he felt he was "learning labels for relationships [he] already understood." These words speak volumes about Dr. Hineline’s deep and effortless understanding of the complex concepts and principles of our field. His mastery of the field is not limited to one or two areas, he has made diverse conceptual and empirical contributions on topics such as choice, negative reinforcement, explanatory language, and applied interventions. The experimental analysis of human behavior owes a great debt to Dr. Hineline for his continued contributions and the advancement of our science of behavior. His work has laid the groundwork for countless research ideas, theses, dissertations, research programs, and clinical advancements; and generations of young behavior analysts are fortunate to have the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of such a giant. This symposium will provide an opportunity to reflect on Dr. Hineline’s continued contributions to the field, with an eye toward the future of Behavior Analysis. Please join us as we present the EAHB SIG Distinguished Contributions Award to Dr. Philip Hineline.
EAHB SIG Distinguished Contributions Award: Dr. Philip N. Hineline
(Basic Research)
KATHRYN M. KESTNER (West Virginia University)
Abstract: Under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Herrnstein, Dr. Hineline obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1967 and currently serves as Professor Emeritus at Temple University. Dr. Hineline realized early in his career that dissemination hinges upon a scientific community’s ability to define and explain our science and our philosophy clearly, broadly, and flexibly. Through his operant research and his work on a self-interpretive behavior analysis, he has heightened our awareness as members of a unique scientific tradition and has called upon us to become both experts and ambassadors. His outstanding contribution to the experimental analysis of human behavior lies in his continued inspiration to clarify and translate our perspective of knowing, apply its methods to all aspects of being human, and connect with other fields while staying true to principles. Please join the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior SIG as we celebrate the continued contributions of Dr. Philip Hineline.



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