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.


45th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2019

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Panel #368
Virtual Reality: Simulated Worlds for Teaching and Assessing
Sunday, May 26, 2019
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Swissôtel, Lucerne Ballroom Level, Lucerne 1/2
Area: PCH/CSS; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Andres Chavez (BehaviorMe, Inc. )
BETH MCKEE (Guangxiu International Children's Center)
PANAGIOTIS MARKOPOULOS (University of New Orleans)

Virtual reality (VR) has the potential to tap into a varied amount of teaching opportunities within limitless environments and settings. If programmed correctly, virtual reality simulations will have the potential to assess and teach a diverse set of behaviors and contingencies, in a safe, controlled and effective manner. Many studies within neighboring fields have demonstrated its effectiveness in assisting individuals with anxiety, phobias and post traumatic stress disorder but the literature is limited in showcasing its use in teaching using basic behavior analytic principles. Behavioral science is primed for the integration of emerging technology into clinical applications and beyond. Topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and virtual reality are exemplars of technologies will be addressed. This panel will discuss the use of virtual reality in teaching and assessing within simulated settings and will also describe potential paths for virtual reality in differing contexts and situations.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): assessment, teaching, technology, virtual reality



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