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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Special Event #42
SQAB Tutorial: Bringing Pavlov's Science to Behavior Analysis II
Saturday, May 24, 2014
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
W178a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: EAB; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Patrick C. Friman (Boys Town)
Presenting Authors: : DANIEL GOTTLIEB (Sweet Briar College)

Last year, I talked about the breadth of Pavlovian processes before discussing the different types of Pavlovian stimuli and how they might not all be equally amenable to intervention. This year, my focus is on how Pavlovian processes may be a driving force in a number of areas in which people are failing to properly regulate, leading to such problems as obesity, drug addiction, immune system dysfunction, and disorders of attention. These problems are likely the result of exposure to stimuli that were not present in the environment in which modern humans evolved. Because a characteristic of Pavlovian learning is an indifference to instrumental contingencies, dysfunction relating to Pavlovian conditioning is likely going to be ill-served by current behavior analytic methods. Although it is not clear how to treat most dysfunctions driven by Pavlovian processes, recent advancements from basic research provide powerful new methodological and conceptual tools of which few outside the field are aware. General options for moving forward will be discussed in light of these recent advancements.

DANIEL GOTTLIEB (Sweet Briar College)
Daniel Gottlieb, Ph.D., received his BS in psychology from Yale University, where he spent time in Allan Wagner’s animal learning laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Robert Rescorla and spent 2 years as a post-doc in C. R. Gallistel’s laboratory at Rutgers University. He is now an associate professor of psychology at Sweet Briar College, where he studies appetitive conditioning in rats and people. During the course of his career, Dr. Gottlieb has studied learning and decision-making processes in mice, rats, pigeons, rabbits, and people, and has published his work in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, Behavioral Processes, and Psychological Science. He received APA’s 2006 Young Investigator Award in Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, and Sweet Briar College’s 2007 Connie Burwell White Excellent in Teaching Award. Recent projects include an entry for Pavlovian conditioning in Springer’s Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning and a book chapter on the principles of Pavlovian conditioning for the upcoming Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Operant and Classical Conditioning.
Keyword(s): Pavlovian conditioning



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