How NOT to talk about reinforcers.

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Andy Lattal published an article on the Aubrey Daniels Institute blog, which strikes at the core of many concerns in the field today.  As demand for certified behavior analysts skyrockets, many are…


What Losing Your Cellphone Does To Your Behavior

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org When I first arrived to college in 1999, I remember a piece of paper taped to the wall next to my desk.  On the paper was a list of phone numbers…


What is Pivotal Response Treatment?

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org If you attended the 2015 ABAI Autism Conference in Las Vegas, you heard of Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT), a popular and effective approach commonly used with individuals with autism. If you…


Let’s Disseminate!

By Tiffany N. Kilby, MS, BCBA Founder and Director, The Behavior Station, LLC.   “You’re a behavior analyst?  So you’re analyzing me right now?” “Oh you do that ABA stuff?  That’s for autism, right?” “ABA?  Isn’t that a lawyer thing?”…


A New Era of Behavior Plans

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org As a practicing behavior analyst, have you ever been”stuck” trying to think of specific target or replacement behaviors or, more importantly, how to accurately measure them?  A major new interdisciplinary project…


How to Fall in Love, Behaviorally.

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org This Valentine’s Day bears witness to the first seasonal article by bSci21. For this special day, we searched high and low for articles relating applied behavior analysis to love.  Today, we…


The 11 American Nations of Macrobehavior

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The Washington Post published an intriguing article on the “11 American nations.”  These refer to regions of North America “where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues…



Fighting Cancer with Positive Reinforcement

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The New York Times recently reported on a program at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center that teaches dogs to sniff out cancer using positive reinforcement.  A typical session finds a…


Writing the Internet into your Behavior Support Plan

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Some of you are old enough to remember a time before the Internet, and certainly a time before mobile devices became popular.  These two events are roughly comparable to the major innovations in…