Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Invited Tutorial #321
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Economics: Fundamentals and Implications for Intervention in ASD
Monday, May 25, 2015
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Grand Ballroom C3 (CC)
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Research
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Jennifer N. Fritz, Ph.D.
Chair: Jennifer N. Fritz (University of Houston-Clear Lake)
Presenting Authors: : ISER GUILLERMO DELEON (University of Florida)

Behavioral economics is a productive blend of behavioral principles and micro-economic theory. Behavioral economic research has revealed that the concepts, principles, and methods that economists conventionally apply to decision-making at the population level have important parallels at the individual level. Armed with this understanding, behavior analysts gain a variety of useful analytic tools with potential for enhancing instructional and therapeutic arrangements. In this tutorial, Dr. IserGuillermo DeLeon will describe some basic tenets of behavioral economics, what one needs minimally to grasp its relevance for practice. He will then review and discuss studies, some from the behavior analytic literature and some from his own work, that show how these tools have been used to enhance our understanding of functional relations and improve our outcomes in work with people with autism spectrum disorder.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:


Learning Objectives:
  1. Participants will be able to explain basic behavioral economic concepts that include the law of demand, demand elasticity, substitutability, complementarity, and the impact of open vs. closed economies.
  2. Participants will be able to discuss how these concepts map onto common behavioral interventions to address the instructional or therapeutic needs of persons with ASD.
  3. Participants will understand what demand curves can offer beyond more conventional methods of gauging relative reinforcer effectiveness.
ISER GUILLERMO DELEON (University of Florida)
Dr. Iser Guillermo DeLeon received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Florida in 1997 and previously held appointments at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently, he is an associate professor at the University of Florida and serves on the Board of Directors of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. Prior commitments include associate editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, president of the Maryland Association for Behavior Analysis, and member of the Science Board of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Dr. DeLeon's research has focused on the variables that give rise to severe behavior problems in individuals with developmental disabilities and the hypothesis-driven development of interventions for behavior disorders. Separate, often related, lines of research examine choice and determinants of stimulus value in individuals with developmental disabilities. Dr. DeLeon has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for several National Institutes of Health-funded grants, largely translational in nature, that explore the applied implications of basic behavioral processes and related theories (e.g. behavioral economics, behavioral momentum).



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