Live Webinar Featuring Dr. T.V. Joe Layng, Cofounder and Chief Scientist at ChangePartner

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Dr. Layng presents:

"The Contingency Analysis of Emotions and Emotional Behavior: Implications for the Clinic and Everyday Life"

Thursday, June 15, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Eastern

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Abstract: Whereas emotional behavior can easily be included in a behavior analytic account, emotion as private experience has proven much more difficult. Accordingly, emotions and emotional appear to be elusive topics. When addressed, they are often categorized as either Pavlovian or respondent reactions, the result of physiological changes, as a by-product of social labeling, a by-product of operant behavior, or as private stimuli that may act as triggering events of some type. The problem of “private” emotion as described by Skinner (1953, 1963, 1974) and Wittgenstein (1953) is discussed and a possible solution provided. This solution is based upon an approach first described by Israel Goldiamond (1979) which treats private emotions as indicators or descriptors of consequential contingencies. Emotions may also be treated in a broader context as either basic or social, with the defining differences being the types of contingencies described. Once “made public,” however, emotions may become “emotional behavior,” maintained by its consequences. Patients may be taught to be more sensitive to their emotions, and that they are the normal outcomes of consequential contingencies, they are not maladaptive, or something to simply be accepted. The approach is consistent with laboratory, ethological, and evolutionary observations and has uniquely provided a successful approach to treating emotional behavior in animals other than human.

Learning Objectives: After attending this event, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the problem posed by private emotions as opposed to emotional behavior.
  • Identify two types of distancing contingencies described by fear and anger, and two types of nearing contingencies and state the paradox of positive emotions.
  • Distinguish between basic, social, and societal emotions and their relation to the consequential contingencies they describe.
  • Describe the necessity of disentangling emotions from emotional behavior and the clinical implications of each.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Layng cofounded and serves as Chief Scientist at ChangePartner, which applies advanced, systemic behavior analytics and mobile technology to improving hospital patient care and outcomes. He also co-founded and is a partner in Generategy, LLC, which produces advanced educational apps for the iOS platform.

In 1999 Dr. Layng co-founded Headsprout, now a part of a Learning A-Z. He led the scientific team that developed the technology that forms the basis of the patented Early Reading and Reading Comprehension programs, for which he was the chief architect. Dr. Layng was Headsprout’s Senior Scientist and has over 40 years of experience in the experimental and applied learning/behavioral sciences with a particular focus on the design of instruction and systemic clinical intervention.

Dr. Layng earned his Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences (Biopsychology) at the University of Chicago where he collaborated on research investigating the production of untrained complex symbolic repertoires recruited from simpler behavioral components, contingency adduction, which led to some of the key elements upon which Generative Instruction technology is based. Working with pigeons, he investigated animal models of psychopathology, specifically the recurrence of pathological patterns (head-banging) as a function of normal behavioral processes. Dr. Layng has considerable experience in clinical behavior analysis and continue to be interested in this area.

In the 1990s, Dr. Layng was the Director of the Academic Support Center, and then Dean of Public Agency and Special Training Programs at Malcolm X College in Chicago. He has published extensively, including a widely read paper on Generative Instruction, which appeared in the American Psychologist. He is currently a scientific advisor to the DOE supported Center on Innovations in Learning, a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and a member of the Board of Trustees of TCS Education System, Pacific Oaks College, the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series of webinars are presented by Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc (ABAC) designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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Continuing Education:

Behavior Analysts: 2 Type II CEUs

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Starts:Jun 15th, 2017
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