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|This site is dedicated to helping people learn about the
science of behavior
and to acquire skills that
solve real-life behavioral problems. Serious students of behavior
(sometimes called "psychology") should
click here to bookmark this site
now and send an icon to the
desktop as a reminder to return.
This site utilizes highly interactive tutorials.
In these tutorials you do NOT passively read text, scroll and
click. Instead, the powerful technology of Programmed
Instruction (PI) engages you in learning as if you were
being privately tutored. Lessons are presented in carefully
crafted screen-by-screen sequences. Each screen presents a little
information. You actively respond. And, you get immediate
feedback. You work alone at your own pace. PI is more work than
passive reading, but much scientific research has proven that you
will remember much more of each lesson.
Introductory, Medium, and Advanced level tutorials and
courses are listed in the menu below. Generally, you
should complete the less challenging lessons before progressing
to more difficult materials. We recommend working down the menu
since some tutorials build on knowledge acquired from previous
tutorials. Click on any title (in the center left) to display a
detailed description and how to subscribe, if necessary. The
tutorials have been affordably priced to encourage users to
return and learn more about the science of behavior. Income from
subscribers pays for site administration, course design and
oversight. To support enhancement and expansion of this site,
please make a donation by clicking the PayPal button to the left.
Instructors wishing to use this site for course
assignments should contact us to
learn how to receive records of student/participant successful
You may notice some non-American spelling here
and there in this site. The software delivery system was created
by those who use British spelling and punctuation conventions and
we have not elected to change all occurrences.
To get started, click on a desired tutorial
title below. (When a "free sampler" is available, try it first.)
If you have not done so already, you will need to "Create new
account." Then, enter your username and password. If the tutorial
is not a free one, you will be prompted to use PayPal to purchase
access. PayPal accounts can be set up at http://paypal.com.
If you are new to this site, please start here. Doing the first of these will give you an idea of nature of the instruction at this website. These five sets explain what behavior analysis is and what a "contingency of reinforcement" is. Do them in sequence. They are for those who are new to the science of behavior or would like a review of this site's orientation. We suggest that immediately following these five sets you do the next selection below this one. Do selections down this menu in sequence because they build upon each other using the vocabulary introduced in each preceding set.
Very few people talk about curtailing the world trends of overpopulation, overconsumption, pollution, and the threat of nuclear warfare. Even fewer people do much about it. These tutorials explain why. They also point to the important roles of scholars, writers, scientists, and teachers in saving the world by correcting current trends. The tutorials address related barriers including governments, religions, the accumulation of wealth, and limited understanding of the science of behavior. These tutorials draw significantly from a seminal paper written by B. F. Skinner shortly before his death.
Sample these 6 tutorials for free. Each tutorial
takes approximately 15-30 minutes to complete. If you like what you
experience here, subscribe to the complete set
The first 6 tutorials are available above for
This series of tutorials and review lessons, called the
ABASETS, delivers an expanding presentation about the science of
behavior, its philosophy, assumptions, and methods for discovery of
the functional relations between behavior and the variables that
control it. Each tutorial requires approximately 15-30
minutes to complete. Click here
for an outline of the concepts and
learning objectives covered in these tutorials.
Sample these 3 tutorials for free. Each tutorial takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you like what you experience here, subscribe to the complete set immediately below.
The first 3 tutorials can be sampled above for
These tutorials teach the implications of a science
of behavior. Freedom of action is defined from a scientific point
of view. The science of behavior leads to more effective
methods of behavior management, but in doing so it raises ethical
issues. The critical issue of where behavior begins (i.e., what
causes behavior) is carefully explained. At the end of these
tutorials, the user will be able to broadly explain why people
behave as they do, explain the significance of current cultural
traditions, and explain how a science of behavior can help to solve
the behavioral problems of daily living and world trends. Each of
the 63 tutorials takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
This tutorial borrows significantly from B. F. Skinner's book
BEYOND FREEDOM AND DIGNITY. Click here
for an outline of the concepts and
learner objectives addressed in these tutorials.
Difficulty Level: Medium to Advanced.
Content: This 150-item pretest is
free. Many scenarios with various ethical dilemmas are
presented. This pretest may inform you as to how much
you may gain from the tutorials available below. At the
end of the tutorials below, a similar posttest appears allowing
you to assess how much you learned.
Medium to Advanced.
These 8 tutorials and a
three-part posttest are well-suited for professionals holding, or
students seeking, certification in behavior analysis. Other
students and professionals may benefit from exposure to these
3 continuing education (Type 2) credits
currently certified behavior analysts (BCBA or BCaBA) may be
requested after successful completion.
Other credits available:
If you are a student in
approved university program, ask your instructor about earning
course credit by completing these tutorials and the
posttest. Other professionals can request a record of
successful completion that may be applied to licensure or
professional development requirements in some states, agencies,
school districts, etc.
Goals of this course:
Behavior analysts must be
experts in solving ethical dilemmas because they are
often faced with complex and potentially dangerous situations, such
as aggressive or harmful client behaviors; difficulties in
coordinating effective interventions
by parents, caretakers, or teachers; or requests to
apply punitive interventions.
This program examines the
study of difficult decisions involving conflicting individual and
cultural (social) contingencies of reinforcement, known as
Eight brief tutorials
cover the basic principles of ethical
behavior. Participants also study ethics
material from the www.bacb.com
website, complete a posttest containing
150 practical scenarios describing ethical dilemmas, and
receive detailed feedback.
The authors are solely responsible for the
content of this program. The BACB is not affiliated with and does
not sponsor or endorse this continuing education program.
These tutorials discuss various issues important in our daily
lives. They demonstrate how a behavior analytic interpretation can
clarify how we might live happier lives. Some of the diverse range
of topics addressed by these tutorials include Procreation, Vegetarianism, Skinner's Aircrib,
Teaching with Computers, the Importance of Solitude, Things Versus
People, the Devil, and Tolerance.
We believe this self-test is a good way to see where you stand concerning your knowledge of basic behavioral principles--possibly as you are preparing to achieve certification in the field of behavior analysis. Each of the 12 self tests covers a unit of content taught by the ABOUT BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS tutorials (see above in this roster of tutorials) --and should be taken relatively quickly--and each takes about 10-15 minutes. They are an excellent review in preparation for taking examinations for certification or courses.
Chapter quizzes are provided for each chapter of Murray Sidman's
"Tactics of Scientific Research" (under construction and