Dr. Winston Dismantles Everything! [Series] Why Your Distant Reinforcers, Aren't!: The Myth, the Madness and the Fix! 05/26/23 | WEBINAR

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by Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA-D

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by Merrill Winston, Ph.D., BCBA-D
founder and owner of Winston Behavioral Solutions

In the laboratory, if a pigeon receives food more than a few seconds after pecking an illuminated disc, it will never learn to key peck to get food. This is a characteristic of reinforcement. It's instantaneous when it occurs as a natural phenomenon. When we set up artificial long-term reinforcement contingencies, IT'S NOT THE SAME THING! "Do your homework now, and you'll get video games later tonight" describes a reinforcement contingency, but behavior motivated by this description is rule-governed behavior with a special learning history. The thrust of the presentation is that rules describing reinforcement contingencies is NOT the same as real-time reinforcement and the stimuli that maintain problem behavior ARE real-time reinforcement.

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Participants will be able to:

  1. describe the role of language in the use of distant reinforcers.
  2. explain WHY distant reinforcers are not technically reinforcers at all
  3. describe how to determine if a conditioned reinforcer truly has any power to move behavior
  4. describe the 2 critical features of reinforcement. It must be both  ________ and ________
  5. explain to staff WHY knowledge of a contingency is not the same as real-time reinforcement
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