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Sale - 50% reduction!Amorous Turkeys and AddictedDucklings
Amorous Turkeys and Addicted Ducklingsby Howard S. Hoffman Hoffman narrates to us the high points of 15 years of experimental and theoretical investigation of the primary social bond. How do ducklings, chicks, monkeys, and our own little babies form their very first attachments? Why is it important for us to know this? In telling the story of his long devotion to students, laboratory subjects, and data, he brings out aspects of science that are rarely spoken of. He makes the doing of research come alive, sharing with us the fun and frustrations of the laboratory, the pride of accomplishment, the fear of error, the personal friendships, and the personality clashes. He presents his own theoretical positions strongly but treats differing viewpoints with respect. All in all, Hoffman's account shows the scientific life to be a good life, and he himself emerges as an excellent model. ISBN 0-9623311-7-1 (1996) 194 p. (paper)Published by Authors Cooperative, Inc.
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A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior
Excerpt from the Acknowledgements:All of the papers reprinted in this book are based to some degree on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior (1957). We would like to acknowledge our collaborators on these papers, whose contributions were always substantial, especially those who were first authors and had primary responsibility for initiating the research or analysis.Table of Content Sections: Section 1: Establishing Operations and the Mand Section 2: Teaching Mands, Tacts, and Intraverbals to Individuals with Language Impairments Section 3: Teaching Verbal Behavior to Nonhumans Section 4: Topography-based and Selection based Verbal Behavior Section 5: Automatic Reinforcement and Automatic Punishment Section 6: Conceptual Issues Section 7: Research and References Copyright 1998 by Behavior Analysts, Inc. Format: Paperback Author: Sundberg, Mark L.,Michael, Jack Publisher: Behavior Analysts, Inc. ISBN-10: 0974515140 Language: English
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Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service
The 20th century saw major advances in the quality of life for most of us. For many, however, there was little progress. Children with autism and many severe developmental disorders often ended up in large state run institutions with little hope of ever leaving.  Our educational system left many students unable to read.  Cars were becoming safer but drivers lagged behind.  Treatments for breast cancer were advancing but too often they were not started early enough to save the life of the patient. Management practices in many organizations were reminiscent of the early industrial revolution.  These and other problems called for a new approach to understanding behavior.  Fortunately, a small group of scientists met this challenge and a new science of behavior emerged. Armed with decades of research on how behavior changes, they began to change the world.     Here you will meet a few of these pioneers. They will tell you their stories in their own words. They will tell you how and why they abandoned traditional methods and sought new and better solutions to the persistent problems of our society. You will get to know them as passionate people with a deep commitment to science and making the world a better place.    CAUTION: Their fervor is contagious! Read/download Preface. Contributing Authors: Teodoro Ayllon Carl Binder Andy Bondy Abigail Calkin Aubrey Daniels E. Scott Geller Robert Holdsambeck Kent Johnson Richard Malott Terry McSween Francis Mechner Henry Pennypacker Karen Pryor Kurt Salzinger Murray Sidman Tristram Smith Beth Sulzer-Azaroff Travis Thompson Edited by R.D. Holdsambeck and H.S. Pennypacker ISBN 13: 978-1-59738-048-5 ISBN 10: 1-59738-048-2 336 pages We are also offering companion BACB® CE Credits through our partnership with UWF, Office of ABA.
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Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service - Omnibus Edition
In the early 1980s our Center was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts to advance the new science and seek applications that might reduce human suffering. We took on many projects and were joined by some brilliant academicians and practitioners. In 1989 a fire destroyed our building and most of our accumulated resources, but as often happens, it also brought new life and attracted new people to take up the cause. We now operate as a charitable nonprofit corporation thanks to the generosity of our donors and revenue from our professional conferences and activities.  We are fortunate to list among our trustees and advisors a number of first or second generation disciples of the original founders, including many recognized leaders in the field, some of whom served as presidents of the new science’s various scientific and professional organizations. By charter, we are limited to 75 trustees, but we also have access to a great many advisors and exceptional graduate students.  In looking over this distinguished list, a few questions occurred to us: How did these people come to adopt this discipline? Why did they abandon a conventional course in favor of this new and often controversial one? Most importantly, how did their behavioral solutions differ from others that addressed similar problems?  This Omnibus Edition, having 29 tales, is the result of our decision to follow a fundamental dictate of the science: collect the data! We asked each of the contributors to prepare a response to the question:  Why and how did you come to this field? We asked them to tell their first person accounts in a way that would give the reader not only a sense of who they are but also how they applied the science to their unique area. We selected contributors who represent different areas of our science to give the reader a peek into how it was applied to different challenges. We imposed no stylistic guidelines, believing that authors would reveal much about themselves by the manner in which they chose to comply with our request.  The resulting contributions are as varied as the individuals themselves. Nevertheless, some interesting generalities emerge. For example, some of our contributors have intellectual roots in philosophy. Many abandoned traditional psychology in favor of the more pragmatic approach of the new science of behavior. In this edition and the one that preceded it, you will find stories from women and men who took on some incredible challenges. We hope that the courage and persistence of our pioneers will be apparent in their stories and will serve to inspire future generations. Contributing Authors and Titles: Aubrey Daniels, Taking Behavior Analysis to Work Tristram Smith, The Longest Journey Karen Pryor, Inside and Outside Behavior Analysis Henry Pennypacker, Reinforcement in the Key of C Andy Bondy, Picture This E. Scott Geller, Driven to Make a Difference Teodoro Ayllon, Present at the Creation of Applied Behavior Analysis Kurt Salzinger, Barking Up the Right Tree Beth Sulzer-Azaroff , The Journey of a Pioneer Woman Applied Behavior Analyst Murray Sidman, The Analysis of Behavior: What’s In It for Us? Robert Holdsambeck, Special Children Kent Johnson, Behavior Analysts Can Thrive in General Education Too Abigail B. Calkin, Always the Back Door Francis Mechner, Some Historic Roots of School Reform Terry McSween, Journey Through Behavioral Safety Carl Binder, Teachers and Students Passing it On Richard Malott, What Makes Dick So Weird? Travis Thompson, Imagination in Science Dwight Harshbarger, Sliding Doors: A Chronicle William L. Heward, Why Be a Behavior Analyst? T. V. J. Layng, In Search of Consequences Julie M. Smith, An Unusual Path to an Unusual Career in Organizational Behavior Management J. E. R. Staddon, ‘Superstition’ Philip N. Hineline, On Discovering What Our Science Is About Sigrid S. Glenn, Scratching the Itch for Integration James E. Carr, From Working as a Behavior Analyst to Working For Behavior Analysis Maria E. Malott, Searching for Answers: Behavior, Systems, and Culture Victor G. Laties, A Life in Behavior Analysis and Psychopharmacology A. Charles Catania, Antecedents: How Behavior Analysis Chose Me Omnibus Edition ISBN 13: 978-1-59738-090-4 ISBN 10: 1-59738-090-3 585 pages
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Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service - Volume III
In the early 1980s our Center was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts to advance the new science and seek applications that might reduce human suffering. We took on many projects and were joined by some brilliant academicians and practitioners. In 1989 a fire destroyed our building and most of our accumulated resources, but as often happens, it also brought new life and attracted new people to take up the cause. We now operate as a charitable nonprofit corporation thanks to the generosity of our donors and revenue from our professional conferences and activities.  We are fortunate to list among our trustees and advisors a number of first or second generation disciples of the original founders, including many recognized leaders in the field, some of whom served as presidents of the new science’s various scientific and professional organizations. By charter, we are limited to 75 trustees, but we also have access to a great many advisors and exceptional graduate students.  In looking over this distinguished list, a few questions occurred to us: How did these people come to adopt this discipline? Why did they abandon a conventional course in favor of this new and often controversial one? Most importantly, how did their behavioral solutions differ from others that addressed similar problems?  This book and the others in our series are the result of our decision to follow a fundamental dictate of the science: collect the data! We asked each of the contributors to prepare a response to the question:  Why and how did you come to this field? We asked them to tell their first person accounts in a way that would give the reader not only a sense of who they are but also how they applied the science to their unique area. We selected contributors who represent different areas of our science to give the reader a peek into how it was applied to different challenges. We imposed no stylistic guidelines, believing that authors would reveal much about themselves by the manner in which they chose to comply with our request.  The resulting contributions are as varied as the individuals themselves. Nevertheless, some interesting generalities emerge. For example, some of our contributors have intellectual roots in philosophy. Many abandoned traditional psychology in favor of the more pragmatic approach of the new science of behavior. In this edition and the one that preceded it, you will find stories from women and men who took on some incredible challenges. We hope that the courage and persistence of our pioneers will be apparent in their stories and will serve to inspire future generations. Contributing Authors: Philip N. Hineline, On Discovering What Our Science Is About Sigrid S. Glenn, Scratching the Itch for Integration James E. Carr, From Working as a Behavior Analyst to Working For Behavior Analysis Maria E. Malott, Searching for Answers: Behavior, Systems, and Culture Victor G. Laties, A Life in Behavior Analysis and Psychopharmacology A. Charles Catania, Antecedents: How Behavior Analysis Chose Me ISBN 13: 978-1-59738-112-3 ISBN 10: 1-59738-112-8 133 pages
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Behavioral Science: Tales of Inspiration, Discovery, and Service Volume II
In the early 1980s our Center was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts to advance the new science and seek applications that might reduce human suffering. We took on many projects and were joined by some brilliant academicians and practitioners. In 1989 a fire destroyed our building and most of our accumulated resources, but as often happens, it also brought new life and attracted new people to take up the cause. We now operate as a charitable nonprofit corporation thanks to the generosity of our donors and revenue from our professional conferences and activities.  We are fortunate to list among our trustees and advisors a number of first or second generation disciples of the original founders, including many recognized leaders in the field, some of whom served as presidents of the new science’s various scientific and professional organizations. By charter, we are limited to 75 trustees, but we also have access to a great many advisors and exceptional graduate students.  In looking over this distinguished list, a few questions occurred to us: How did these people come to adopt this discipline? Why did they abandon a conventional course in favor of this new and often controversial one? Most importantly, how did their behavioral solutions differ from others that addressed similar problems?  This book is the result of our decision to follow a fundamental dictate of the science: collect the data! We asked each of the contributors to prepare a response to the question:  Why and how did you come to this field? We asked them to tell their first person accounts in a way that would give the reader not only a sense of who they are but also how they applied the science to their unique area. We selected contributors who represent different areas of our science to give the reader a peek into how it was applied to different challenges. We imposed no stylistic guidelines, believing that authors would reveal much about themselves by the manner in which they chose to comply with our request.  The resulting contributions are as varied as the individuals themselves. Nevertheless, some interesting generalities emerge. For example, some of our contributors have intellectual roots in philosophy. Many abandoned traditional psychology in favor of the more pragmatic approach of the new science of behavior. In this edition and the one that preceded it, you will find stories from women and men who took on some incredible challenges. We hope that the courage and persistence of our pioneers will be apparent in their stories and will serve to inspire future generations. Contributing Authors: William L. Heward Dwight Harshbarger T.V. Joe Layng Julie M. Smith J.E.R. Staddon  ISBN 13: 978-1-59738-072-0 ISBN 10: 1-59738-072-5 114 pages
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Life's a PIC/NIC ...when you understand behavior
Written from the authors’ decades of experience, LIFE’S A PIC/NIC® …when you understand behavior shows how to bring out the best in people through the application of the optimistic science of behavior and its demonstrated truth about the unlimited potential of human beings. It introduces a decision-making method called the PIC/NIC® to help readers understand behavior and its causes. It is an example-rich account across varied challenges at home, work and the larger society about how to shape a better world, both conceptually and in practice. It describes how to go beyond the limiting biases of our particular histories to make better decisions about our own and others’ behavior. It lets the reader know that when you understand behavior, you are not captive of your past because you know how to shape a different future — that, in fact, human potential in almost all ways is unlimited.   Case studies illustrate how these principles, used in positive ways, can accelerate learning, adding significant value in all walks of life while at the same time providing ideas about reducing the use of threat, fear, and punishment in managing others. ISBN: 978-1-59738-080-5© 2017 / 124 pages / paper 
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Origins and Components of Behaviorology, 3rd Edition
Through this volume, the history of the emergence of behaviorology is available both for the first time (in 1992) and comprehensively. As current today as when originally written, this book is unique because it is also the only analyzed historical treatment of the emergence of the independent natural science of behavior written during the early years of that disciplinary emergence by participant-observes of that emergence. This book is thus persistently timely in both the uniqueness of the authors’ perspective and because it provides generations of readers with lessons about the origins and developments of natural sciences in general and of a natural science of behavior in particular. As a natural science discipline on the life science continuum, behaviorology is the science and technology of environment-behavior relation. First, it discovers the variables that are in “casual” relationships with the behavior of individuals during their lifetime. Then it designs and implements changes to these accessible variables bringing beneficial change and expansion to the individual’s behavior repertoire. This contingency engineering contributes to all human endeavors (e.g., child care, education, work, diplomacy, even science itself) and address vital questions: “Why does human behavior happen, and what can make it better?” This book reviews, in historical context, the incompatible paradigms and philosophies among disciplines addressing the behavior of individuals. In familiarizing the reader with the history of behaviorology’s emergence, and disciplinary components, this book also makes further comprehension and application of behaviorology’s science and technology easier and more effective and beneficial. (Adapted from the Preface of a 1992 preliminary version of this book....) Stephen F. Ledoux Ph.D. Earned his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University. While living in the USA, Australia, and China (PRC), he had taught graduate school. Since 1982 he has taught at the Stat University of New York in canton. With contributions by Lawrence E. Fraley, James O'Heare, & Glenn I. Latham Publisher: Distributed by Dogwise PublishingEdition: 2015 Hardback, 360 pages ISBN: 9781927744086Item: DTB1405Ships the next business day. 
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The Motivation to Actively Care
This refreshing teaching/learning narrative, based on actual life events and research-supported principles, begins with the lead character (Joanne Cruse) losing her job as the Safety Director for a large manufacturing company. Subsequently, her former psychology professor, Dr. Pitz ("Doc"), invites her to try out for a position as leadership consultant with his firm, Make-A-Difference, Inc. (MAD) that helps companies cultivate a self-motivated and personally-engaged workforce. Throughout her probationary period, Joanne travels with the top consultant at MAD (Mickey Vasquez) to visit a number of organizations struggling with various occupational issues related to the human dynamics of self-motivation (i.e., working to accomplish an organization's milestone from a self-directed or self-accountability mindset). The interpersonal and group interactions Joanne experiences at diverse organizations, accompanied by Mickey’s professional coaching, reveal twenty practical and profound leadership lessons to nurture an actively caring for people work culture in which employees put forth their best efforts on behalf of their company's mission. About the Author: E. Scott Geller, PhD, is an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. For 48 years, Professor Geller has taught and conducted research as a faculty member and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He has authored, edited or co-authored 37 books, 82 book chapters, 39 training programs, 259 magazine articles, and more than 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions to improve quality of life on a large-scale. All of this scholarship reflects this mission of applied behavioral science, as does his most recent 700-page textbook: Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People, published in 2016 by Cambridge University Press. Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches ISBN-13: 978-1683504726ISBN-10: 1683504720Language: EnglishPublisher: Morgan James PublishingPaperback: 274 pages
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When No One's Watching: Living and leading self-motivation
When No One’s Watching: Living and leading self-motivation (Geller & Veazie, 2010, revised in 2011) ISBN: 978-0-984333912 This realistic narrative on the psychology of self-motivation will help you bring out the best in yourself and others. Human behavior is complex and it is difficult to change organizational culture. Within these pages you will find how personal courage, compassion, and determination, as well as family, friends, and mentors can help us stretch to achieve the organizational change we might at times find impossible. Dr. Geller shows readers how to live a self- motivated life and lead others to feel more self-motivated and thereby optimize their performance
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