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In this week’s discussion, explore what you’ve learned about the application of basic science principles to teach new behaviors.
What You Need to Know
Translational Research: Teaching Procedures
Regardless of the context in which a behavior analyst works, teaching new skills is at the forefront of what they do. This week’s readings focus on the ways in which the translational research has demonstrated effective teaching procedures.
Powell, R. A., Honey, P. L., & Symbaluk, D. G. (2017). Introduction to learning and behavior (5th ed.). Cengage.
Chapter 13, “Comparative Cognition,” pages 489–536.
Lie, C., & Alsop, B. (2010). Stimulus disparity and punisher control of human signal-detection performance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 93(2), 185–201.
Wacker, D. P., Harding, J. W., Berg, W. K., Lee, J. F., Schieltz, K. M., Padilla, Y. C., Nevin, J. A., & Shahan, T. A. (2011). An evaluation of persistence of treatment effects during long-term treatment of destructive behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 96(2), 261–282.
Write Your Discussion Post
For this discussion, share your thoughts about applying basic science principles to teach new behaviors. Here are some ideas to get you started in this discussion. Choose one of the following bullets to respond to.
Describe a common teaching procedure (for example, discrete trial teaching, transfer of stimulus control) as if you are describing it to someone that has no knowledge or background in ABA. Discuss what you think would be the most difficult part for a layperson to understand and how you would adjust your language to make it more approachable.
Find a video of an animal in an operant chamber being taught to discriminate between two behaviors (for example, pulling a lever and a chain). Describe the behaviors and what procedure(s) the experimenter used to teach the behavior.
Describe a time that you implemented some type of conditional discrimination procedure to teach a new skill. Discuss its overall efficacy and any problems you encountered as you were teaching.
Discuss something that stood out to you this week. Was there a topic in one of the readings that was especially interesting and caught your attention? Describe how this information could be useful to you in the future.
Your Writing: Each post should show courtesy and be succinct, professional, well written, and organized, using proper writing mechanics, grammar, and punctuation.
Your Post: Please post something to the discussion board related to the content covered this week. Do not create your post as a reply to the pinned post. Instead, use Yellowdig’s Create option to create a new post.