Association for Behavior Analysis International

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49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #174
Applications and Implications of Nonlinear Contingency Analysis and the Constructional Approach to Animal Behavior
Sunday, May 28, 2023
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom G
Area: AAB/PCH; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Barbara Heidenreich (Animal Training Fundamentals)
PAUL THOMAS ANDRONIS (Northern Michigan University)
KYLE HETZEL (San Francisco Zoo)
Abstract: This panel will examine experimental investigations of complex animal behavior and the design of constructional animal behavioral interventions informed by a nonlinear contingency analysis in the laboratory and zoos. Often times complex behavior seems as though it is amenable to experimental analysis or its analysis requires “special” principles. At other times zoo animals present complex problems which in the past have been difficult to solve, and at times resulting in euthanasia. For example, how does one get fearful and reactive animals to accept medical treatment? Or, in the laboratory, how we can arrange for cooperation between animals that emerges untaught from non-social behavioral components? All methods of investigation and intervention rely on basic principles, but in the context of a nonlinear contingency analysis provide an understanding of, and solutions to complex problems. The panelists have extensive experience in the application of constructional methods in zoos, and nonlinear contingency analysis in the laboratory, and will answer questions posed by the chair and audience.
Instruction Level: Basic



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