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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Paper Session #461
CE Offered: BACB
The Scientist Behavior, Behavior Analysis, Relational Framing: A Tree as a Metaphor for Keeping Alive the Functional Sap in Our Practices
Monday, May 27, 2024
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: DEV; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jennifer Lynne Bruzek (The University of Alabama in Huntsville)
CE Instructor: Carmen Luciano, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: CARMEN LUCIANO (University Almeria, Spain)

The behavior of scientists is a type of human behavior with great impact on the whole system where humans live. It is human behavior and, consequently, it is motivated inevitably according to present moment and personal history. The field of behavior analysis and relational frame theory have been rooted in the sap of functional and contextual approach and promoted the experimental analyses of any kind of behavior. This process always occurs in the context of the particular scientists or clinicians` behavior and has moved from the study of apparently simplest pieces of behavior to those more complex. Examples of the latter might be the identified in natural language as memory, humor, metaphors, suffering, emotion, or even the client-therapist interactions. The relevance of keeping alive the root, the sap of the functional philosophy, that has been present throughout this process, is the focus of this presentation. I will insist on the sap of the functional philosophy, in the parsimony when contacting behavioral variation in experimental or clinical data as much as the behavioral scientist variation when promoting new units of analysis or new terms. Once again, the scientist behavior is the core of science and impacts in the focus of experimental procedures and its presentation as well as its impact in the focus of our interactions with clients, either children, adolescents, or adults.

Instruction Level: Basic
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Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) identify the core components of scientist behavior and their impact of any human activity; (2) integrate behavior analysis and relational frame theory in the functional perspective; (3) differentiate parsimony in the formulation of scientist terms and in doing experimental research; (4) identify functional process versus topographical terms.
CARMEN LUCIANO (University Almeria, Spain)
She graduated in 1978 and received her PhD at the Complutense University, Madrid, in 1984. She has been a professor of Psychology at the University of Granada since 1979 and since 1994 at the University of Almería where she is an Emeritus Professor. Her initial research dedication began with the experimental analysis of language. She stayed in 1985-86 at Boston University with a Fulbright Postdoc to conduct experimental analysis of problem-solving behavior under Skinner’s supervision. This was a critical point in her career as a basic researcher and she became involved in equivalence research, rule-governed behavior, and, shortly after, in RFT and ACT. Her research lab has been -and it is- focused on basic experimental-applied RFT designs for the analysis of derived relational responding, mainly hierarchical framing in the context of identifying the core components of metaphors, false memories, experiential avoidance, and selfing behaviors. Some of her translational publications have been mostly aimed at analyzing the conditions under which private behavior and valued motivation are brought to the present to build flexibility in responding. She has been Director of the Experimental and Applied Analysis of Behavior Research Group since 1986; of the Functional Analysis Doctoral Program at the University of Almería, where she has supervised over thirty doctoral theses - some of her students are running their labs; and of the Master Program in Contextual Therapies in Madrid Institute of Contextual Psychology, MICPSY. Her research has been funded by international and national public funds, she has collaborated with researchers from different countries and she has spread the functional analysis perspective in meetings, workshops, research presentations, and publications. She received the International Dissemination Behavior Analysis Award in 2021. She is known for her exciting, precise, and creative style while teaching, working with clients, and doing research.



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