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Thursday, March 28, 2024
12-1PM (CST)

Meeting ID: 916 0017 1485







Discriminative Stimuli and Motivating Operations for Punishment


Catalina N. Rey, Ph.D, BCBA-D



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As the natural science of behavior evolves, the use of precise terminology is critical to maintain its conceptual and terminological integrity. The current state of terminology in stimulus control is well-developed with respect to reinforcement and incomplete with respect to punishment. Similarly, motivating operations (MOs) for reinforcement get a lot of attention while MOs related to punishment are often overlooked. As behavior analysts, we avoid using punishment procedures; however, punishment is naturally occurring in the environment and sometimes clinically necessary. In this presentation, I will briefly review discriminative stimuli and motivating operations for reinforcement and then dive into antecedents related to aversive stimuli and punishment. I will review recent literature on motivating operations and introduce a new term to the current taxonomy of discriminative stimuli (SΔp).

  1. Attendees will be able to define and provide examples of the discriminative stimulus for punishment (i.e., SDp) and non-punishment (i.e., SΔp)
  2. Attendees will be able to provide examples of motivating operations for punishment

  3. Attendees will be able to correctly identify examples of discriminative stimuli and motivating operations for reinforcement and punishment

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