Back to Basics: SESSION 2 What Every Behavior Analyst Should Know About Reinforcement - October 22, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET | WEBINAR

by HENRY D. SCHLINGER, JR., PH.D.

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This webinar explores the concept of reinforcement by reviewing some standard definitions and describing problems with them, and then argues for a revised definition of reinforcement as a function-altering operation. Implications for other behavioral principles (e.g., extinction, punishment, motivating operations, and discriminative stimuli) are discussed.

This 2-hour LIVE WEBINAR will occur on October 22nd at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.
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ABOUT THE SERIES:

The goal of this series of webinars—Back to Basics—is to review for some, and to present for the first time to others, a look at three fundamental pieces of the foundation of the science of Behavior Analysis: the experimental branch, The Experimental Analysis of Behavior (TEAB); the foundational principle, reinforcement; and the philosophy, radical behaviorism. This series can be considered a basic tutorial on these three critical components of behavior analysis that every behavior analyst (or BCBA) should know.

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SESSION OVERVIEW:

This webinar takes an in-depth look at the concept of reinforcement beginning with Thorndike’s (1898) Law of Effect and Skinner’s first descriptions of reinforcement in The Behavior of Organisms (1938). After briefly discussing how definitions in the natural sciences are derived, the webinar will review some standard definitions of reinforcement and note commonalities among them. Problems with the standard definitions of reinforcement are identified, and an alternative conception of reinforcement as a function-altering operation (FAO) is proposed. This conception is consistent with Skinner’s (1953) description of reinforcement. Implications of this alternative view of reinforcement for the concepts of extinction, punishment, motivating operations, and discriminative stimuli are discussed. Some procedures with reinforcement in their name (e.g., NCR, DRO) but that do not function as reinforcement will be addressed. In addition to an alternative definition, some additional features of the reinforcement relation will be listed. The point will be reiterated that determining whether some event functions as a reinforcer requires an experimental analysis. Behavior analysts’ verbal behavior about reinforcement, that is, how we talk about reinforcement, will be a unifying and recurring theme throughout the presentation, as well as how this conception of reinforcement will benefit practitioners.

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Learning Objectives

1. Describe reinforcement as an operation or procedure and a process.
2. Describe standard definitions of reinforcement, their commonalities, and respective problems.
3. Provide a function-altering definition of reinforcement.
4. Identify implications of a function-altering conception of reinforcement for other operant consequences and antecedent events (i.e., extinction, punishment, MOs and SDs).
5. Describe why NCR an DRO are not reinforcement procedures or processes.
6. Explain how talking about reinforcement is just verbal behavior and how talking about it precisely is under the control of our verbal communities.

Author of:

How to Build Good Behavior and Self-Esteem in Children by Henry D. Schlinger Jr. Ph.D, BCBA-D

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