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Tag Archive for ‘Secondary reinforcers’

Getting Help: Strategies for Working with Traditional Trainers (Part 1)

I meet a lot of people who are clicker training, but also want to ride or compete in specific riding disciplines. These disciplines usually have a traditional training progression and most of the available resources explain how to develop your horse using negative reinforcement based methods. As clicker trainers, we may not choose to use some of the traditional methods, but we may still want to learn about and enjoy […]

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ASAT Conference 2017: Barbara Heidenreich on “Maintaining Behavior the Natural Way.”

Barbara Heidenreich is a professional animal trainer who does extensive consulting with zoos and also works with individuals training many different species.  In her work as a consultant, she often finds herself in situations where she has cannot rely solely on food for reinforcement, so she has learned to identify and use non-food reinforcers of many different kinds. In her presentation, she shared some tips on finding and using non-food reinforcers.  This was a great follow-up […]

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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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Marker Signals: Thinking Beyond the Click

Clicker training gets its name from the use of a clicker (or click) to mark behavior, but that doesn’t mean that a clicker is the only effective way to mark behavior. A clicker is just one of the most frequently used options because it is short, salient, and produces the same sound every time (mostly…). It also has the advantage that it’s a novel sound for most animals, so there are […]

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