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ASAT Conference 2017: Jesús Rosales-Ruiz: Premack and Freedom and Ken Ramirez: Teaching an Animal to say “No”

The idea of choice was one of the underlying themes of the conference and is always an important consideration for positive reinforcement based animal trainers. At some level, animal training is about teaching an animal to do the behaviors we want, and to do them when we want them, but there are many different ways to go about getting there. This conference has always been about exploring how we can […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: More on The Premack Principle

In the last article, I wrote about the Premack Principle which states that: • Behaviors are reinforcers, not stimuli • More probable behaviors reinforce less probable behaviors. • Less probable behaviors punish more probable behaviors. What can I do with information? First, the idea of behaviors as reinforcers opens up many new possibilities for ways to reinforce behavior. And second, it means I need to pay more attention to the […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: Dr. Peter Killeen on “Skinner’s Rats, Pavlov’s Dogs, Premack’s Principles.”

Dr. Killeen is a professor of psychology at Arizona State University and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Texas, Cambridge University, and the Centre for Advanced Study, Oslo.  He gave the keynote address on Saturday morning.  Here’s the description from the conference website: “Reinforcement is a central concept in the enterprise of training, and yet it remains a controversial one. Much of the opinion about its nature is […]

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