SQAB-Invited Preeminent Tutorials

SQAB is committed to simplifying the transition to quantitative analyses for students as well as advanced researchers. These informal videos of live ABA presentations are at various levels and are appropriate for classroom, seminar, and individual use. Videos are available as NTSC DVDs, PAL DVDs, and VHS. Previews can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links below. The small preview is for people with slow internet links.

Available through the Tutorial Coordinator:
William Palya
Society for Quantitative Analyses of Behavior
Department of Psychology
700 Pelham Road North
Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL 36265

256-782-5641 (voice)

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Evolution

May 1999

Paul T. Andronis
Northern Michigan University

Everything a behavior analyst needs to know about modern models of evolution, the general paradigm, and the specifics.

(58 min)

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Pavlovian Conditioning

May 2000

Peter Balsam
Barnard College of Columbia University

Part 1: Pavlovian Conditioning

Pavlovian conditioning plays an essential role in many behaviors including feeding, reproduction, drug addiction and defense. The tutorial serves as an introduction to research and theory related to these areas of study.
(48 min + 4 min discussion)

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Part 2: Associators, Accumulators and Cartographers

Three classes of models have been proposed as explanations for Pavlovian conditioning. These approaches posit that either associations, quantitative accumulation of events or time, or the acquisition of temporal maps as the basis of learning.
(48 min + 4 min discussion)
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Time, Uncertainty and Anticipation

May 2007

Peter Balsam
Barnard College of Columbia University

Formal information theory applied to temporal signals provides an accurate description of the speed with which anticipation develops. Time may be the scaffolding on which experience is encoded.
(XX min + X min discussion)

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Choice

May 1998

William Baum

Behavior analysis offers insight into choice and control as the terms are used in the everyday culture. Choice is best seen as a pattern of behavior through time.

(40 min + 8 min discussion)

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Behavioral Pharmacology

May 2000

Marc Branch
University of Florida

The history and origins of behavioral pharmacology, and the logic behind the field are outlined.. Examples are presented of how behavioral variables can modify drug effects, how such phenomena can be studied systematically, and how examination of drug effects can illuminate behavioral processes.

(53 min + 5 min discussion)

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Evolution, Behavioral Variation, and Plasticity

May 2000

Gordon M. Burghardt
Departments of Psychology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

An overview of the basics of modern methods used to understand behavioral diversity and the processes of behavioral evolution in natural populations, including ethology, evolutionary psychology, quantitative and molecular genetics, and assessing environmental influences.

(47 min + 7 min discussion)

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Neural-Network Modeling in Conditioning Research

May 2006

José E. Burgos
Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico

The historical and conceptual foundations of neural network modeling in conditioning research.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Creating Artificial Behavior: A Tutorial on Modeling

May 2006

A. Charles Catania
University of Maryland Baltimore County

Using Skinner's reflex reserve model as an example, several recommendations about modeling are discussed.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Temporal Regulation of Choice

May 2006

Daniel Cerutti
Duke University

Behavior on concurrent schedules can be understood best as a temporal-stochastic process. Animals on choice tasks learn /when/ to respond /where/

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Simulation of Quantitative Models of Behavior

May 2005

Russell Church
Brown University

This tutorial focuses on how to simulate data and why.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Simulus Control

May 2007

Robert Cook
Tufts University

An overview of stimulus control, its fundamental methods, established principles and mechanisms, and outstanding problems and issues.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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What Reinforcers Do to Behaviour

May 2001

Michael Davison
University of Auckland

Recent research has shown reproducible effects of reinforcers occurring seconds and minutes after reinforcers. This tutorial discusses what these results mean for molar choice, and how choice at all levels of analysis may be modeled.

(48 min + 6 min discussion)

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Neural Networks

May 1999

John W. Donahoe
University of Massachusetts

The tutorial has three goals: (1) to indicate the place of neural- network simulations in the experimental analysis of behavior (EAB), (2) to survey various approaches to neural networks noting those that are consistent with EAB and those that are not, and (3) to illustrate the power of biobehaviorally informed neural networks for the interpretation of Pavlovian and operant conditioning, discriminative control, temporal control, language acquisition, and phenomena (e.g., devaluation) from which different types of "associations" are often inferred.

(59 min)

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Delay Reduction

May 1997

Edmund Fantino
University of California, San Diego

The value of an outcome is best gauged by its improvement over the prior situation.

(53 min)

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Response Shaping and Percentile Schedules or "How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Rank Orders"

May 2005

Gregory Galbicka
Sanofi-Aventis, Bridgewater, NJ

Percentile schedules can be used to generate a consistent arrangement between responses and reinforcement.

(xx min + xx min discussion)

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Quantification

Randolph Grace
University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Part 1 (May 2001)

Inferential statistics, which has long been controversial because it is so easily misunderstood, may be construed as a method for choosing between alternative models. (54 min)

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Part 2 (May 2002)

A review of the model comparison approach to inferential statistics, and a description of some techniques from exploratory data analysis that are useful for model specification and testing. (54 min)

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Choice and Value (May 2005)

Complex concurrent-chains procedures provide an opportunity to resolve some important theoretical issues pertaining to choice. (xx min)

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Introduction to Quantitative Analysis of Behavior (May 2007)

A simple framework for understanding how quantitative analyses may be helpful for behavior analysis. (xx min)

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The Discounting Function

May 2001

Leonard Green
Washington University, St. Louis

Many choice situations, including those involving self-control and reversals in preference, are viewed in terms of the discounting of delayed and probabilistic rewards.

(48 min + 7 min discussion)

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The Matching Law

May 1997

Gene Heyman
Harvard University

Any given choice situation can be framed so that matching is a form of economic rationality and vice versa.

(58 min)

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Timing

May 2000

Jennifer Higa
Texas Christian University

The methods for studying timing, the basic data generated by those methods, and the core set of issues that the results and theories raise about the underlying mechanism of behavior.

(52 min + 9 min discussion)

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Aversive Events and Behavior

May 1997

Philip Hineline
Temple University

Aversive events are seen in terms of a continuum of frequency balanced against short-term relations, as with appetitive contingencies.

(59 min + 6 min discussion)

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Behavioral Economics

May 1998

Steven Hursh
Science Applications International & Johns Hopkins University

Behavioral economics helps to understand the environmental control of the consumption of a wide variety of commodities.

(62 min + 11 min discussion)

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Timing (Parsing Sagely Rosemary's Time)

May 1999

Peter R. Killeen
Arizona State University

How do behaviorists parse time?

(52 min + 12 min discussion)

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Analyses of Response Times, IRTs, Rts, and ts

May 2003

Peter R. Killeen
Arizona State University

A romp through descriptions of behavior featuring machines, distributions, and function with easy to understand conceptual and practical tools.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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The Law of Affect

May 2007

Peter R. Killeen
Arizona State University

A reappraisal of Thorndike's law of effect as a valid description.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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The St. Petersburg Paradox at 300: Roots, Ramifications and Resolutions

May 2007

Peter R. Killeen
Arizona State University

The relative frequency of realizable events predicts winnings over multiple games and demonstrates the irrelevance of expected value based on limiting probabilities.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Hypothesis Testing: Curse or Abomination?

May 2002

Geoffrey R. Loftus
University of Washington

The practice of significance testing is inimical to scientific insight, and has almost certainly impeded both empirical and theoretical progress.

(48 min + 20 min discussion)

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Getting Started in Quantitative Analyses of Behavior

May 2007

James MacDonall
Fordham University

A step-by-step guide on getting started in the quantitative analysis of behavior.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Probability: Basic Ideas, Techniques, and Applications

May 2003

Armando Machado
Minho University, Portugal

An introduction to the basic ideas of probability theory with an illustration of their application in a variety of practical situations.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Radical Behaviorism

May 2000

John C. Malone
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Part 1: Radical Behaviorism in the History of Psychological Thought

The origins of radical behaviorism can be traced to the presocratics. The conception that began in ancient Greece continued as the "high road" in the history of psychological thought. (51 min)

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Part 2: Radical Behaviorism is All Around Us

The radical behavioral orientation appears in modern legal theory, in advertising, in social cognitive theory, in modern cognitive psychology, and elsewhere. The practitioners do not often realize that they are radical behaviorists and most of psychology remains a junkyard. (50 min)

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What Good is Mathematics? Modeling in Behavior Analysis.

May 2004

M. Jackson Marr
Emory University

A general overview of mathematical modeling in behavior analysis.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Choice and the Hyperbolic Decay of Reinforcer Strength

May 2004

James E. Mazur
Southern Connecticut State University

A review of how a hyperbolic delay equation can account for choice in self-control situations.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Fitting Equations to Data

May 2004

Jack J. McDowell
Emory University

The three concurrent schedule equations of classic matching can be fitted simultaneously to a single data set by minimizing an appropriate combination of residual sums of squares.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Variability of the Operant

May 2002

Allen Neuringer
Reed College

A discussion of how reinforced variability can help us to distinguish between elicited responses (unconditioned reflexes) and emitted responses (operant behaviors).

(52 min + 4 min discussion)

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Behavioral Momentum

May 1998

John Nevin

The mass-like aspect of behavior measured as resistance to change may be identified with the traditional construct of response strength.

(53 min + 6 min discussion)

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Applied Modeling and the Identification of Behavioral Mechanisms of Action

May 2006

M. Christopher Newland and Wendy Donlin
Auburn University

How models are selected, applied, and confirmed in research on methylmercury.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Behavioral Variability: Control, Description, and Analysis

May 2004

Michael Perone

Review and evaluate behavior analysts use of experimental and statistical methods to control, describe, and analyze variability.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Matching

May 1996

Howard Rachlin
State University of New York, Stony Brook

Matching is a theory of choice. It states that all voluntary behavior is really choice behavior and all choice behavior obeys the matching law.

(56 min + 17 min discussion)

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Understanding Response Sequences

May 2003

Alliston Reid
Wofford College

The development of fundamental tools needed to replace the chaining theory of response sequences.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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Explicit Methods and Implicit Value in Quantitative Behavioral Models

May 2006

Charles P. Shimp
University of Utah

Discussion of human values.

(xx min + x min discussion)

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The Scientist / Practitioner in Behavior Analysis: A Case Study

May 1998

Murray Sidman

A case study illustrating the importance of experimental science for the practitioner, and practical applications for the experimentalist.

(52 min)

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Dynamics

May 1996

John Staddon
Duke University

The kinds of models likely to be productive for behavior analysis and the implementation of straightforward models of dynamical behavior with spreadsheets.

(52 min + 5 min discussion)

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Behavior Systems

May 2001

William Timberlake
Indiana University

Behavior system analysis contributes to the prediction and understanding of common phenomena, including: the design of experimental apparatus, constraints on and "irrational" operant behavior, and the form of responses and stimulus interactions.

(56 min)

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Chaos

May 1997

James Townsend
Indiana University

A simple tour of some of the main concepts of chaos which can be understood with only a modicum of quantitative background.

(57 min)

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Ecological Psychology: Nonrepresentational Perception and Action

May 1999

Michael T. Turvey
University of Connecticut

How should the perception and action capabilities of biological systems be understood?

(54 min)

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Memory as Discrimination

May 2002

K. Geoffrey White
University of Otago, New Zealand

The temporal distance between an event and later remembering seems to require mediation by a stored representation. Treating remembering as discriminative behavior prompts important questions with revealing answers.

(32 min + 20 min discussion)

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Behavioral Analysis and Medical Strategy: A Case Study In "Terminal" Cancer

May 2004

Ben Williams
University of California, San Diego

The problem solving needed to maximize clinical outcomes in medicine would be facilitated by the adaptation of behavior analytic concepts.

(xx min)

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Signal Detection

May 1998

John Wixted
University of California, San Diego

The theory of signal detection provides a sensible and sometimes enlightening interpretation of a wide range of behavioral phenomena.

(50 min + 6 min discussion)

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Classical Signal Detection Theory: ROC Analysis

May 2003

John Wixted

Signal-detection theory has been around for decades, but its ability to help one think productively about a wide array of issues is not as widely appreciated as it should be. (xx min)

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