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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Symposium #22
Circumvention of an Operant Analysis: How Do You Plead? EAHB SIG Award: Dr. Michael Perone
Saturday, May 26, 2018
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Marriott Marquis, San Diego Ballroom A
Area: EAB/PCH; Domain: Translational
Chair: J. Adam Bennett (Western Michigan University)
Discussant: Michael Perone (West Virginia University)

The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group invites you to formally recognize the contributions of Dr. Michael Perone. Dr. Perone's research interests have long focused on the Experimental Analysis of Behavior with extensions into Applied Behavior Analysis. Two former colleagues will review and reflect upon Dr. Perone's career and his many contributions toward advancing our understanding of complex human behavior. Subsequently, Dr. Perone will deliver comments reflecting upon his career and a topic of his choosing. Please join us to appreciate and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Michael Perone.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): EAHB, Human Operant, Verbal Behavior

From Lean to Rich: A Distinguished Career in EAHB

(Basic Research)
MARK GALIZIO (University of North Carolina Wilmington)

Mike Perone's extraordinary contributions to EAHB are rich and translational. They include the adaptation of basic behavior analytic experiments in animals to the human laboratory, extension of basic operant principles to elderly populations, and the development of methodologies that have guided EAHB researchers for over two decades. Although Perone has made important contributions in many areas of EAHB, probably his best known work is in the study of aversive aspects of positive reinforcement and conversely, positive aspects of negative reinforcement. His research paradigm on incentive shifts showed that both past and upcoming ratio size and reinforcer magnitude were important determinants of pausing and emotionality, and that both are greatest when there is a transition from a rich (high reinforcer magnitude, low cost) to a lean (low magnitude, high cost) schedule. Perone originally developed this paradigm with non-humans, but his extension of the analysis to humans in basic and applied settings is an elegant example of translational research. This work, along with his research on basic processes underlying avoidance led to the development of his paper "Negative effects of positive reinforcement" (The Behavior Analyst, 2003), which has had a major impact on how behavior analysts understand both reinforcement and punishment procedures.


Basic Research to Application and Back Again: It Takes a Laboratory

(Basic Research)
DEAN C. WILLIAMS (University of Kansas)

Translation from Basic Research to Application and Back Again Requires a Deep Commitment to the principles and methods of the operant research tradition. This is true at both ends of the translation process. Without adhering to the rigorous standards of the animal laboratory when conducting research at the more clinical end of the translation, it is impossible to know whether the same behavioral process are operational in both settings. Without this disciplined approach to use inspired research, the translation will fail. The hallmark of proper translational research is whether the laboratory models predict outcomes in treatment. This cannot happen if we do not adhere to strict research strategies and methods. Mike's career has set gold standard for laboratory research with humans, and the gold standard for translational research in the behavioral sciences.




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