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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.

Don F. Hake

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After obtaining a BA in psychology, Don F. Hake became interested in behaviorism, and while working at the Behavior Research Laboratory at Anna State Hospital in Anna, Illinois, he and his colleagues generated a large and important body of research on animal and human operant behavior. Hake's contributions included the study of conditioned suppression, social facilitation, punishment, escape and avoidance conditioning, pain-elicited aggression, and extinction-induced aggression. He also became interested in studying cooperation, a topic that would occupy a major portion of his research interest during the remainder of his life. Hake eventually moved to the Regional Center for Children and Adolescents in Baltimore. There, he continued his human laboratory research and conducted several studies on promoting gasoline conservation. This was followed by a position at West Virginia University as professor and Director of the Behavior Analysis Doctoral Program. Hake's many honors included APA Fellow (Division 25), Editor-Elect of The Behavior Analyst, associate editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, and Director on the Board of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.


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