Sweet Home Chicago

Sweet Home Chicago

It’s that time of year again. Behavior analysts around the world are preparing to make their annual journey to meet friends and colleagues, old and new at the 45th annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). We go to present our own research; but also to learn, listen, and discuss the most recent updates on topics spanning a wide spectrum of interests, such as basic science, autism and education, organizational behavior management, applied animal behavior, community, social, and sustainability issues, and of course, verbal behavior.

Enhance your ABAI Experience

If you are attending the convention for the first time (or even if you consider yourself an expert conference attendee), you may want to get a refresher on how to enhance your ABAI experience by reading the Behaviorally Educated blog from last year on this topic.

Among the many interesting lectures that will be featured, I am most excited for the invited B.F. Skinner Lecture by Dr. Dana Suskind, founder and director of the Thirty Million Words initiative, inspired by the seminal work of Drs. Betty Hart and Todd Risley, and the topic of the first blog in this series.

Here are links to just a few more of the many verbal behavior sessions you don’t want to miss!

Invited Paper Session #46

Explaining Emergent Tact Control

Saturday, May 25, 2019

11:00-11:50 AM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom EF

 

Invited Paper Session #70

Correspondence of Verbal Reports: An Experimental Analysis

Saturday, May 25, 2019

12:00-12:50 PM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom EF

 

Symposium #201

Advances in Teaching Conversation Skills

Sunday, May 26, 2019

8:00-9:50 AM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom CD South

 

Symposium #240

Advancements in Emergent and Multiply Controlled Verbal Behavior

Sunday, May 26, 2019

10:00-11:50 AM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grant Ballroom CD South

 

Symposium #327

Variables Affecting Bidirectional Naming

Sunday, May 26, 2019

4:00-4:50 PM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom CD South

 

Symposium #466

The Science of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior: Basic and Translational Research

Monday, May 27, 2019

11:00-11:50 AM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom CD South

 

Paper Session #527

Behavior Analysis of Art and Creativity

Monday, May 27, 2019

3:00-4:50 PM

Hyatt Regency East, Ballroom Level, Grand Ballroom CD South

 

Why Chicago?

If you’ve been attending ABAI for several years you may be wondering why we meet in Chicago so often (2005, 2008, 2014 are the three most recent meetings in the windy city). Besides being a beautiful city with lots to explore before and after the conference, we have a history with Chicago. The first meeting of what was originally called the Midwestern Association for Behavior Analysis (MABA – now a regional chapter of ABAI) was held at the University of Chicago in 1974. So, in a way it’s always like we are coming home.

PostScript: As I was preparing this blog entry, I learned of the passing of a giant in our field, Dr. Murray Sidman. Over the last few days, many tributes have been paid to the legacy he leaves behind. I will also be dedicating the next blog entry of Verbal Behavior Matters to his work.