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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Invited Paper Session #338
How Do Rules Really Govern Behavior and Why Should You Give a Damned?
Sunday, May 27, 2018
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Seaport Ballroom DE
Area: VRB
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Richard W. Malott, Ph.D.
Chair: Judah B. Axe (Simmons College)
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
Dr. Richard Malott, with more than 40 years of experience at Western Michigan University, has used the principles of behavior to construct teaching models and behavioral systems that have been sustained over several decades. As a result, he has taught generations of students to use behavior analysis in their everyday lives as learners, teachers, practitioners, and citizens, and has provided the training grounds for many of the field's leaders in behavioral systems design. Richard Malott is a prolific, creative, and engaging writer who has authored some of the field's most important and widely read publications, including Elementary Principles of Behavior (first with Donald Whaley and then with Maria E. Malott and Elizabeth Trojan Suarez), which is in its sixth edition. His innovative use of multimedia has captivated audiences for decades. He helped found what would become the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and has been instrumental in its survival, growth, and vitality. Dr. Malott's many contributions include establishing ABAI's Teaching Behavior Analysis special interest group and its Education Board.
Abstract: Many natural contingencies fail to control our behavior as we wish they would, not because the consequence is too delayed, but because the consequence of each instance of that behavior is too improbable or too small and of only cumulative significance. However, effective performance management contingencies can be implemented resulting in effective, desirable rule-governed behavior. And we can better understand why those rule-governed contingencies work, if we can give up our Watsonian fear of private events, if Watson's disciples will stop loudly clanging a metal bar behind us every time we do a little introspective behavior analysis.
Target Audience: Board certified behavior analysts, licensed psychologists, graduate students.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) discuss the basic behavioral processes underlying rule-governed behavior, with the help of private events; (2) understand why we procrastinate and can’t get our act together; (3) discuss why SQAB doesn’t get it and aversive control is our friend; (4) understand how we can save the day with the three-contingency model of performance management; (5) discuss how we can apply the three-con model to OBM, higher ed, and other exciting places.



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