Association for Behavior Analysis International

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47th Annual Convention; Online; 2021

All times listed are Eastern time (GMT-4 at the time of the convention in May).

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Invited Paper Session #39
CE Offered: BACB
Private Events, Selfing Behaviors, and Responding to the Own Behavior
Saturday, May 29, 2021
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Area: CBM; Domain: Theory
Chair: Amy Murrell (Murrell Psychological Services )
CE Instructor: Amy Murrell, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: CARMEN LUCIANO (University of Almería; Madrid Institute Contextual Psychology, MICPSY)

Human behavior, especially those behaviors identified as the self, the selfing behavior, are not an easy target for experimental analysis. The functional perspective provided the cues and meaning of such behavior however the analytic conceptualization of relational framing is opening the doors for such an analysis. The aim of this presentation is tracking these processes and let the door perhaps much more opened for experimental analysis and its use in clinical behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

All interested in behavior analysis, experimental analysis, relational frame theory, and clinical behavior analysis.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify behavior analytic perspective in regard to the self; (2) discuss the emergence of thoughts and the sense of self; (3) identify the two ways to interact with the own behavior, effective and ineffective; (4) describe the experimental analysis on responding to the own behavior.
CARMEN LUCIANO (University of Almería; Madrid Institute Contextual Psychology, MICPSY)
Carmen Luciano received her Ph. D. from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1984. She was professor of psychology at the University of Granada from 1979 to 1993 and been professor of psychology at the University of Almeria since 1994. Her research dedication began on the experimental analysis of language. Her post-doc Fulbright research stay in Boston University and the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies was centered in studying problem-solving behavior with Skinner’s supervision. This was a critical point in her career as basic researcher. She was involved in equivalence research, rule-governed behavior and, shortly after, in RFT and ACT research. Her research lab conducts basic creative experimental-applied RFT designs for the analysis of: analogies; coherence; deictic and hierarchical framing in the context of identifying core components of metaphors; false memories; experiential avoidance; values; defusion; self and responding to one’s own behavior. Additionally, the lab designs brief ACT protocols and teaches ACT-focused analysis of the conditions under which emotions, thoughts, and valued motivation are brought to the present to build flexibility responding.   Dr. Luciano has been the Director of the Experimental and Applied Analysis of Behavior Research Group since 1986, where she has supervised over thirty doctoral theses--some of her students are running their own labs nowadays. She is also Director of the Functional Analysis in Clinical Contexts Doctoral Program at the University of Almeria and Director of the Master Program in Contextual Therapies at the Madrid Institute of Contextual Psychology. Her research has been funded by international, national, and regional public funds. She has collaborated with research groups from different countries and she has spread the functional analysis perspective with meetings, courses, research presentations, and publications. She is known for her vibrating and creative style while teaching, working with clients, and doing research.



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