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46th Annual Convention; Online; 2020

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Paper Session #46
Teaching New Definitions of the Motivating Operation, Discriminative Stimulus, and Stimulus Delta Using Equivalence Based Instruction:Rationale and Discussion of Revision of Definitions, the Need for Discrimination Training, and Some Unexpected Problems
Saturday, May 23, 2020
11:30 AM–11:50 AM
Virtual
Area: TBA
Chair: Shannon Shea Shea (Vinfen Corporation)
 

CANCELED: Teaching New Definitions of the Motivating Operation, Discriminative Stimulus, and Stimulus Delta Using Equivalence Based Instruction: Rationale and Discussion of Revision of Definitions, the Need for Discrimination Training, and Some Unexpected Problems

Domain: Applied Research
SHANNON SHEA SHEA (Vinfen Corporation)
 
Abstract:

The terms Motivating Operation and Discriminative Stimulus are widespread and thought to be generally well understood in the field of ABA. However, there are significant issues with Interobserver Agreement among Behavior Analysts when attempting to discriminate between these stimuli in realistic situations. Jack Michael made a major contribution to the science of ABA with his development of the MO concept. However, further refinement of the concept, as well as the published definition of the discrimination stimulus need to be explored. This talk explores IOA in textual vignettes and video stimuli, uses Equivalence Based Instruction to teach revised definitions of these terms and evaluates whether IOA improves. It also evaluates the utility of Moodle as a platform to deliver equivalence based instruction to large groups without a proctor. Discussion and evaluation of the applied utility of current definitions for stimulus control are discussed as well.

 
 

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