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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Panel #448
CE Offered: BACB
A Critical Appraisal of Behavioral Cusps: Empirical Investigations, Theoretical Extensions, and Future Directions
Monday, May 31, 2021
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Area: DEV/PCH; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Sarah E. Pinkelman, Ph.D.
Chair: Sarah E. Pinkelman (Utah State University)
MICHAEL D. HIXSON (Central Michigan University)
RICHARD E. LAITINEN (Personalized Accelerated Learning Systems (PALS))
Abstract: Since the behavioral cusp was first described (Rosales-Ruiz & Baer, 1996), the term has gained traction, as has extension of the concept (e.g., ecological cusps, verbal behavioral cusps, social cusps, etc.). The cusp concept holds particular importance for the theoretical understanding of behavioral development, an understudied conceptual area within Behavior Analysis. The cusp is also an important component to a wider understanding of cross-contingency interrelationships within a repertoire: also, an understudied conceptual area within Behavior Analysis. Refinement and integration of these kinds of concepts holds great potential for cohesive and broadly applicable behavior analytic theory. There remains potential for further theoretical, experimental verification and development as well as integration within practice. In this panel discussion, panelists will reflect on current empirical work, existing theoretical extensions, their practical utility, and future directions informed by the preceding cusp symposium.
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Prerequisites include familiarity with behavior analytic terminology and concepts as well as single-case research design methodology.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) place the concept of the behavioral cups within a historical context; (2) discuss contemporary issues surrounding behavioral cusps; and (3) specify future directions for research and practice to evolve the concept of the behavioral cusp.



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