Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


10th International Conference; Stockholm, Sweden; 2019

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Invited Paper Session #9
CE Offered: BACB

Cooperative Animal Care Using Response Contingent Stimulus Presentation

Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Level 4, A1
Area: AAB; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Eva Bertilsson, M.A.
Chair: Dag Strömberg (Autism Center for Young Children, Stockholm)
EVA BERTILSSON (Carpe Momentum)

Eva Bertilsson has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for all things related to behavior, learning and animal welfare. Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum, teaching seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coaching trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species. Eva is a board member of the Swedish Association for Behavior Analysis, a faculty member of Clicker Expo, and an enthusiastic disseminator of ethical practices based in behavioral science. In addition to her own teaching, she has also been instrumental in introducing TAGteach™ and Fear Free to the Scandinavian audience.


Animal welfare is a growing concern in our society, and the principles and procedures from applied behavior analysis are widely used by animal caretakers in their effort to deliver the best possible care. Service providers in the animal care sector are continually evolving their procedures and protocols, with a growing focus on enhancing the non-human individual’s control over its situation. We cannot gain informed consent in its true sense from our animal participants, but we can strive in that direction. Strategies using response contingent stimulus presentation (sometimes referred to as “start button behaviors”) are one example of this effort, allowing the animal to direct the pace and progress of the procedure. This presentation provides variety of examples where response contingent stimulus presentation has been used in settings as diverse as service dog training, noise desensitization and cooperative veterinary care. Training protocols are described, and foundations are provided for further reflections and scientific inquiries.

Target Audience:

Practitioners working with individuals in a dependent situation (both humans and non-humans).

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe examples where “start button behaviors” have been used; (2) discuss how similar protocols can be applied in other contexts; (3) compare different possible protocols for introducing stimuli.



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