See the 0 Experts
See the 16 Members
Share |
From Skinner (e.g., 1938, 1974) on behavioral scientists have been interested in a unified, rigorous, scientific approach to the interplay between behavior and neurophysiology. The purpose of this section of the website is to present the work of behavioral neuroscientists who have solved problems in areas such as psychopharmacolShow More

FeaturedAdviceArticlesBooksJournalsVideosPodcastsServicesContinuing Education

Conceptual Issues in a Science of Behavior from Watson to Skinner - UWF
Applying the Guidelines in Context - UWF
Business Ethics - UWF
An Interview with Dr. Murray Sidman - UWF
Seven Life Lessons from Humanistic Behaviorism - UWF
Multicultural Aspects of Ethical Practice - UWF
The Ethics of Buying in Without Selling Out - UWF


5 segments
Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas (1988) In Historical Perspective

The heart of this continuing education (CE/CEU) module is the film "Behavioral Treatment of Autistic Children: Ivar Lovaas," produced by Ed Anderson (and sold separately through the CCBS Store). This 1988 film is put into historical perspective by a couple of "bookend" papers: Gina Green (2002) traces the lineage of behavior-based approaches to autism treatment, including how Lovaas fits in; and Steve Luce (2006) discusses what has changed in our diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders, and how our treatment methodologies have evolved as various studies have examined the factors that were responsible for the successful outcomes in the Lovaas (1987) study. The five segments of this module are:

1. A brief video segment plus a short reading assignment

2. A paper by Gina Green on the beginnings of ABA for autism treatment;

3. A video segment on the behavioral approach and early work at UCLA;

4. A video segment on Lovaas' early and later work with autistic children, and followup several years later; and

5. A new paper by Steve Luce on what we can learn from studies designed to replicate the Lovaas (1987) study, and evolution of our methodology since that time.

3.5 BACB Level 2 CEUs can be earned by completing this module.

Please click on purchase above to the left and follow the directions.


5 segments
Introduction to Behavioral Economics Donald A. Hantula, Ph.D. (2007)

The second release in our Continuing Education (CE/CEU) program, this talk was originally filmed on May 29, 2007 in San Diego on the last day of the ABAI convention.

The Cambridge Center is fortunate in having more than one leader in behavioral economics among its Trustees: Steve Hursh and Donald Hantula. Several years ago, Dr. Hursh addressed the annual CCBS Trustees meeting, and presented "Behavioral Economics and the Future of Behavior Analysis." We later posted the Powerpoint slides from that presentation here on as a resource, and they consistently rank high in popularity year after year. Many of us first heard the term "behavioral economics" by reading Hursh's papers in JEAB.

In 2004, the Cambridge Center and Temple University jointly hosted "What Works in Behavioral Economics – Practical and Policy Issues" Don Hantula was the conference organizer and a presenter, as were Steve Hursh, George Ainslie, Mark Dixon, and many others, talking about how a behavioral economist looks at problems like consumer behavior, gambling, and drug abuse.

At our Annual Meeting in 2006, Don agreed to make this presentation before our cameras in San Diego. You'll find his presentation informative, to the point, and well-explained for the behavior analyst. Hantula talked about the origins of behavioral economics and the distinctions between that viewpoint and traditional economics. He discussed the economics of behavioral situations, and explained the differences between open and closed economies. Next, he talked about models of choice in behavioral vs. traditional economics, and related it to work by Herrnstein and many others on the Matching Law. Finally, he discussed delayed discounting and hyperbolic curves, and why that explained some things that otherwise wouldn't make sense.

When asked how behavioral economics was relevant to the ABA practitioner, Don answered "Are your reinforcers not reinforcing? Are you seeing problem behaviors going on in your classrooms that you can’t figure out how to address? Are you seeing people making choices that you cannot understand? Behavioral economics will provide a way to make sense of this, and also provide a way to analyze a situation and develop new and innovative interventions to change the behaviors of interest and improve the lives of the people with whom you are working.”

Study questions and transcripts are contained in a downloadable study guide. Short quizzes are included after each of the segments.

2 BACB Level 2 CEUs can be earned by completing this module.

Please click on purchase above to the left and follow the directions.


5 segments
The History of Behavioral Apparatus

Andy Lattal (2007)

The Cambridge Center is pleased to present this third installment in our Continuing Education (CE/CEU) series, a fascinating look at the way operant research labs have used and evolved technology in the development of our science of Behavior Analysis. Andy Lattal presented this to the Cambridge Center at our annual Trustees meeting in 2006, and he consented to present it in front of our cameras in San Diego on May 29, 2007, the closing day of the ABA conference. Andy makes some very good points about the interaction of our instrumentation and our conceptual understanding of behavior. We measure only what our apparatus allows us to, and in the beginning it required an inventor's skill set to be to present stimuli and measure behavior while manipulating contingencies of reinforcement. The advancement of instrumentation and apparatus has led to more sophisticated questions about behavior as it has become possible to measure it. The evolution of behavioral technology both enables and reflects our scientific interests.

1.5 BACB Level 2 CEUs can be earned by completing this module.

Please click on purchase above to the left and then follow the directions.

Other Help Centers:

Copyright ©1997-2015 by the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. All rights reserved.