Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Special Event #12
CE Offered: BACB
SQAB Tutorial: Conditioned Reinforcement
Saturday, May 23, 2009
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
North 120 D
Area: EAB/TPC; Domain: Experimental Analysis
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Daphna El-Roy, Ph.D.
Chair: Marc N. Branch (University of Florida)
Presenting Authors: : TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University)
Abstract: The notion that stimuli associated with primary reinforcers may themselves come to function as reinforcers has served a central role in the analysis of behavior and its applications outside the laboratory. However, a long history of research has raised the possibility that stimuli associated with primary reinforces may have their effects by some other means. This tutorial will provide an overview of the concept of conditioned reinforcement, review the role of conditioned reinforcement in quantitative theories of choice, and discuss remaining questions about how putative conditioned reinforcers have their effects. Dr. Timothy A. Shahan received his Ph.D. in Psychology from West Virginia University in 1998. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Vermont for a year, and then a Research Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire until 2003. He is presently an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Utah State University. Dr. Shahan’s research focuses on conditioned reinforcement, observing/attending, behavioral momentum, stimulus control, choice, and extensions of quantitative analyses of behavior to animal models of drug taking. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Shahan currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and The Behavior Analyst, and also regularly serves as a grant reviewer for NIH study sections. He was the 2006 recipient of the B.F. Skinner Young Researcher Award from Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.
TIMOTHY A. SHAHAN (Utah State University)



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