Association for Behavior Analysis International

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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Workshop #W55
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Schedule-Induced Behaviors: Origins of Excessive Behaviors and Procedures to Minimize Their Influence
Saturday, May 28, 2005
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
Williford A (3rd floor)
Area: EAB; Domain: Basic Research
CE Instructor: Jeff Kupfer, Ph.D.
JEFF KUPFER (Florida Residential Solutions, LLC)
Description: Schedule-induced or adjunctive behaviors (sometimes maladaptive and always excessive) are behaviors that are maintained at a high probability by stimuli that derive their reinforcing properties as a function of parameters governing the availability of some other class of reinforcement. In non-human subjects, some schedules of reinforcement have been shown to generate strange behaviors such as: polydipsia, attack against members of its own species, self-induced escape, pica, and hyperactivity; In human subjects, these same schedules can exaggerate behaviors such as fluid intake, aggression, pacing, grooming, eating, stereotyped behavior, smoking and, quite possibly-- wretched excess. This presentation is an introduction to schedule-induced behaviors. A brief video-tape will be shown demonstrating various types of schedule-induced behaviors in a rat and pigeon. Studies describing functional relationships with reinforcement schedules and generator schedules (i.e., schedules that promote schedule-induced behaviors) will be reviewed, as well as functional assessment and measurement strategies. Alternative reinforcement strategies in applied settings will be reviewed and case studies will be presented comparing fixed- vs. variable-DRO schedules.
Learning Objectives: At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to: - Provide introduction into schedule-induced behavior and expand functional analysis approaches - Review methods to measure and assess schedule-induced behavior - Describe possible pitfalls in using common schedules of reinforcement - Provide alternatives to minimize the influence of schedule-induced behaviors
Activities: Participate in discussion regarding: contents of literature review; measurement and assessment suggestions; procedures to maximize effects of positive reinforcement and minimizing the influence of reinforcement schedules that induce excessive behaviors; and environmental management strategies to channel excessive behaviors into more productive and adaptive outlets.
Audience: Professionals and paraprofessionals actively involved in developing, implementing and monitoring behavior treatment plans, students that desire a review of schedule-induced behaviors and implications.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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