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ASAT Conference 2018: Dr. Julie S. Vargas on “B.F. Skinner’s Discovery of the Operant and of Shaping.”

This is the sixth in a series of posts based on my notes from the 2018 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that was held in Irving, Texas on March 24-25, 2018. While I try to take accurate notes, it is possible that there are errors or that some detail is lacking. If you post a comment or email me, I can try to clarify or provide some additional […]

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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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Superstitious Behavior

Last Friday was Friday the 13th. I don’t consider myself a superstitious person, but I do have to admit that I am unlikely to do anything risky on Friday the 13th. I mean, why take a chance? Interestingly enough, on last Friday I was feeling a bit perplexed over a problem  with one of my training projects and it had to do with a “superstitious behavior” that had crept in and […]

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