Comparing Skill Acquisition Under Varying Onsets of Differential Reinforcement: A Preliminary Analysis | Journal Club Series

by Dr. Nicole Bank, BCBA, LBA-TX | Available for 3 BACB Learning CEUs
This installment in our Journal Club Series will cover the article, “Comparing skill acquisition under varying onsets of differential reinforcement: A preliminary analysis” authored by Campanaro, Vladescu, Kodak, DeBar and Nippes published in Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. CEU credits are provided for reading the article, participating in an online discussion, and completing an article content quiz.

Comparing skill acquisition under varying onsets of differential reinforcement: A preliminary analysis- Journal Club Series. The outcome of skill acquisition programs is to develop behavioral repertoires that occur without any assistance. Differential reinforcement is a common behavior change technique in skill acquisition. This is an investigation of the efficacy of differential reinforcement from the immediate onset of learning, early onset or late onset. The results are discussed in the context of previous research and future research projects are suggested.

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Comparing skill acquisition under varying onsets of differential reinforcement: A preliminary analysis- Journal Club Series. This is an interactive live online journal club. Participants will receive 3.0 Type II BACB® CEUs for completing all journal club activities. Participants are required to have read the entire article before attending the scheduled one-hour live online journal club discussion. Journal club discussions will include article details, article results, and implications for practice. Active participation is required. CE credit will be provided after completing an article content quiz on the BDS learning platform. Only those who read the article and actively participate in the live online discussion will be invited to take the content quiz. BDS is interested in increasing scholarly activities and discussion among BCBAs and BCaBAs. Stay tuned for future CE events in the BDS Journal Club Series!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Purchase the journal club meeting you would like to attend.
  2. Follow instructions for downloading a copy of the article.
  3. Add the following emails to your contacts in order to avoid important emails going to spam: AND

  1. Receive an email for instructions on scheduling your online discussion. Once the online discussion is scheduled, you will receive a link for the online discussion.
  2. Read the article in it’s entirety.
  3. Join the journal club meeting at the scheduled time. Please mute your microphone upon entry.
  4. Stay online and involved for the 1-hour journal club meeting.
  5. Receive a link to the content quiz.
  6. Complete the content quiz to 80% accuracy.
  7. Receive 3 CEUs.


  1. Identify the benefits of using differential reinforcement in skill acquisition
  2. Discriminate between three different times differential reinforcement can be provided during skill acquisition programming
  3. Identify the purpose of the current study
  4. Describe the procedures of the current study
  5. Describe the results of the current study
  6. State the researchers’ suggestions related to the use of differential reinforcement in skill acquisition programs

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