Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #351
CE Offered: BACB
OBM Research Innovations: From the Laboratory to the Office
Sunday, May 27, 2018
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Marriott Marquis, Marina Ballroom F
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Eli T. Newcomb (The Faison Center)
CE Instructor: Eli T. Newcomb, M.Ed.

Methodology derived from Organizational Behavior Management has been effective in producing significant gains in employee performance. However, it is possible that as research continues to refine the assessments and interventions, even greater gains can be realized. This symposium contains three empirical presentations that investigate areas related to functional assessment, sustainability, and reactivity.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): assessment, reactivity, sustainability
Target Audience:

OBM practitioners and behavior analyst researchers


An Analysis of Inter-Employee Responding on the Performance Diagnostic Checklist: Human Services

TING CHEN (The Faison Center), Byron J. Wine (The Faison Center)

The Performance Diagnostic Checklist-Human Services (PDC-HS) was implemented across 32 employees. The PDC-HS was used to assess maintaining variables related to employees clocking in and out for work shifts. Taken together, the results of the PDC-HS suggested two domains for intervention. However, responses varied across employees, suggesting the need to conduct multiple interviews when using the PDC with large groups of employees.


It's Good to Shut the Hood: Decreasing Energy Consumption in University Laboratories With Behavioral Science

NELMAR JACINTO CRUZ (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicholas Matey (Florida Institute of Technology), Scott Michael Curry (Florida Institute of Technology ), Ronald Joseph Clark (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicole Gravina (Florida Institute of Technology)

Organizational Behavior Management (OBM) has made great strides in impacting employee performance. One area where OBM can make more significant contributions is sustainability. Universities have made efforts to reduce energy consumption by tackling a space that can consume five times more energy than a standard office-laboratories (Emig, 2006; Kao, 2007). One reason laboratories likely consume so much energy are common ventilation devices known as fumehoods. This study evaluated an intervention to increase closing of fumehoods when not in use at a private university. Results of the study and their significance will be discussed.

An Analysis of the Role of Reactivity in the Observer Effect
ALLISON KING (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicole Gravina (Florida Institute of Technology), Andressa Sleiman (Florida Institute of Technology )
Abstract: Previous research has demonstrated that individuals improve their performance of a task as a result of observing and evaluating other people perform that task. This is known as the "observer effect." Most of the research has demonstrated this phenomenon when the observers were aware that their performance of the task was also being observed. The current study examined whether conducting safety observations results in stronger improvements in the observers’ subsequent safety performance when they are told that their safety performance is also being observed and evaluated. Implications for OBM practitioners and suggestions for future research will be discussed.



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