August 6 – 9, 2018
The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center
State College, Pennsylvania

Thirty Points about Motivation from Skinner's Book Verbal Behavior and Their Implications for Autism Interventions

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 -
9:00am to 12:00pm

B.F. Skinner discussed the topic of motivation in every chapter of the book Verbal Behavior (1957), usually with his preferred terminology of deprivation, satiation, and aversive stimulation. Direct quotations will be used to systematically take the participant through 30 separate points made by Skinner that collectively provide a comprehensive analysis of the role of motivation in behavior analysis. In addition, various refinements and extensions of Skinner's analysis by Jack Michael and colleagues (e.g., Laraway, et al., 2003; Michael, 1982, 2007) will be incorporated. Several applications of Skinner's analysis to assessment and intervention programs for children with autism will be suggested.

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Act 48
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Behavior Analysts
Education Professionals
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