Entrepreneur Magazine: Lead by Positive Reinforcement

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Entrepreneur Magazine recently touted positive reinforcement as the preferred leadership style to get the best out of your staff and customers.  Citing the work of business consultant Colin Shaw, the article…


JABA Study Increases Recycling Behavior at Texas University

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A study by O’Connor, Lerman, and Fritz in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Houston – Clear Lake found a simple solution to encourage recycling on campus. The study…


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports in Union Maine

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The Bangor Daily News recently reported on the efforts of Union Elementary School, in Union Maine, to change the culture of the school through Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The…


An Incentive System to Reduce Smoking During Pregnancy

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A team of UK researchers lead by David Tappin recently published a Randomized Controlled Trial in the BMJ evaluating the effectiveness of financial incentives in a smoking cessation program for pregnant women. The…


Building Childrens’ Communication Skills via Telehealth

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A crucial skill emphasized by behavior analysts working with children with autism is communication, encapsulated via Functional Communication Training (FCT).  If a child can gain communication skills, the probability that many…


Predicting Earthquakes With Animal Behavior

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Normally, when seismic activity is on the rise and earthquakes are predicted, we hear form organizations such as the U.S. Geological Survey that provide quantitative data from seismometers, which measure movements within…



JEAB: How we think about time affects impulsivity.

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A recent study by William DeHart and Amy Odum in the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior found that our tendency to act impulsively — to make choices in the moment for…


Virtual Autism Treatment

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Megan Reuther, of WHOtv.com, recently reported on an autism treatment program that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services through the Internet to rural communities. An Iowa-based program, known as Virtual Parent…


ABA Can’t Survive the 21st Century Without Mobile Technology

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org A recurring theme on bSci21 is the increasing role of technology in measuring and predicting our behavior, such as incorporating the Internet into behavior plans, and the near-future evolution of smart…