Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Special Event #12
SQAB Tutorial: B = f(O, E): Implications of Quantitative Models of Behavior for Translational Research and Practice
Saturday, May 23, 2015
1:00 PM–1:50 PM
103AB (CC)
Area: EAB; Domain: Theory
Chair: Todd L. McKerchar (Jacksonville State University)
Presenting Authors: : ERIC A. JACOBS (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

Quantitative models of behavior are precise and succinct descriptions of functional relationships between behavior and environmental events. The purpose of this tutorial is to foster an appreciation of how quantitative models of behavior can be used to guide conceptually systematic analyses of behavior. The intended audience is academic applied behavior analysts and practicing board certified behavior analysts who are curious to learn how quantitative models of behavior can inform research and practice, but who may be a bit intimidated by the mathematics or may see quantitative models as too esoteric to inform solutions to socially significant behavioral problems. We will review examples from the literature on choice and decision-making, consumer demand analyses, matching theory, and other topics in order to demonstrate how quantitative models of behavior can be useful in framing questions about behavior and generating solutions to practical problems.

ERIC A. JACOBS (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
Eric A. Jacobs, Ph.D., received his doctoral training in experimental psychology at the University of Florida under the direction of Timothy D. Hackenberg, Ph.D. Subsequently he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont, where he researched substance-abuse treatment under the direction of Warren K. Bickel, Ph.D. Dr. Jacobs is currently the voice of behavior analysis within the Department of Psychology at Southern Illinois University. He is the director of SIU's Brain and Cognitive Sciences graduate program and is also cross-appointed with SIU's Applied Psychology graduate program. His research interests include choice and self-control, conditioned reinforcement (including token reinforcement systems), human operant behavior, and most recently using operant methods to assess recovery of function following traumatic brain injury in rats. Dr. Jacobs has served on the editorial boards of The Behavior Analyst and The Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and is a former co-chair of ABAI's Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group. He also has served as president of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis and president of Division 25 (Behavior Analysis) of the American Psychological Association.
Keyword(s): behavioral economics, delay discounting, quantitative models, translational research



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