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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Special Event #439
CE Offered: BACB
International Paper - 2006 ABA Tutorial: Relational Frame Theory
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
10:00 AM–10:50 AM
Centennial Ballroom I
Area: TPC
Chair: Marianne L. Jackson (University of Nevada, Reno)
CE Instructor: Dermot Barnes-Holmes, Ph.D.

International Paper - 2006 ABA Tutorial: Relational Frame Theory


Relational Frame Theory (RFT) is a modern behavior-analytic approach to the study of human language and cognition. The tutorial will focus on the main concepts of RFT and how they are currently being used to develop conceptual and empirical analyses of areas such as symbolic meaning, analogical reasoning, rule-governance, and implicit attitudes. The first part of the tutorial will involve defining and explaining the core concepts of RFT, focusing in particular on the operant nature of the theory. The second part of the tutorial will explore recent examples of basic research in RFT, and how the results emerging from this research may be seen as challenging some established views within behavior analysis. The third and final part will consider possible lines of future research in RFT.

DERMOT BARNES-HOLMES (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)
Dr. Dermot Barnes-Holmes is foundation Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He studied under Professor Julian Leslie and Dr. Michael Keenan at the University of Ulster before taking up a teaching position at University College, Cork, where he stayed for 10 years before accepting his current post. Dr. Barnes-Holmes has published over 180 scientific articles, book chapters, and books, and he was recently ranked as the most prolific author in the world in the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior during the period 1980 to 1999 (Dymond, 2002). He has served on, or is currently serving on, the editorial boards of the following journals: Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Bulletin; Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior; Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis; The Behavior Analyst; The European Journal of Behavior Analysis; The European Journal of Psychology; The International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy (Associate Editor); and The Psychological Record. Dr. Barnes-Holmes has graduated 19 doctoral students and in the past four years has been involved in attracting over 250,000 dollars in competitive funding for basic research in Relational Frame Theory. He sat on the Health Research Board (a Ministerial appointment) during 2002-2005 and was elected to the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland for 2004-2007.



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