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42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Symposium #531
Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group Distinguished Contributions Award: Celebrating the Contributions of Dr. Carol Pilgrim
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Zurich AB, Swissotel
Area: EAB/AUT; Domain: Translational
Chair: J. Adam Bennett (Western Michigan University)
Discussant: Christy A. Alligood (Disney's Animal Kingdom and Florida Institute of Technology)

The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group invites you to formally recognize the contributions of Dr. Carol Pilgrim. Dr. Pilgrim's research interests have long focused on category or class formation, symbolic or relational stimulus control, stimulus equivalence, and issues related to the acquisition and modification of symbolic function. Dr. Pilgrim's research has transcended the boundaries of basic and applied research and her contributions to the field are immeasurable. Dr. Christy Alligood Rice, a former student, and Dr. Manish Vaidya, a long-time colleague, will review and reflect upon Dr. Pilgrim's career and her many contributions toward advancing our understanding of complex human behavior. Subsequently, Dr. Pilgrim will deliver an address in which she will review the current state of her research program with an eye toward future directions. Please join us to appreciate and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Carol Pilgrim.

Keyword(s): EAHB, Stimulus Equivalance

Recognizing Dr. Carol Pilgrim's Distinguished Contributions to EAHB

MANISH VAIDYA (University of North Texas)

Dr. Carol Pilgrim's contributions to the field have helped to define the experimental analysis of human behavior as an interesting and viable area of study. Under the mentorship of Drs. James Johnston and Henry S. Pennypacker, Dr. Pilgrim obtained her Ph.D. with an emphasis in the experimental analysis of behavior at the University of Florida. She currently serves as Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where she generously nurtures the next generation of behavior analysts. The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Distinguished Contributions Award is designed for researchers such as Carol Pilgrim, whose impressive history and tireless dedication have not only contributed to our basic understanding of the determinants of human behavior, but have also served to so effectively bridge the gap between basic and applied research.

CAROL PILGRIM (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Abstract: My research interests lie in experimental and applied behavior analysis, with an emphasis on human operant preparations, and in the work that bridges those essential domains. The research program in my laboratory is focused on class formation, relational stimulus control, stimulus equivalence, and issues related to the acquisition and modification of symbolic function. We primarily involve young children as participants, including typically developing children as well as those diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. For this symposium, I will discuss research which investigates the formation of equivalence classes involving class-specific reinforcers in young children and will present a theoretical perspective/experimental evaluation of Sidman’s suggestion that all members of a reinforcement contingency become equivalence class members. Time permitting, I will highlight possible future avenues of research. I am honored to accept the Distinguished Contributions Award from the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior SIG.



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