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Weird Wednesday ABA Style XVIII

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Rest? I need to interpret this article NOW!!!

Let’s JABA!

Our flagship journal, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, is a wonderful, wonderful resource for our journey on becoming a better Jedi. So do you have a favorite article yet? Remember we emphasize on visual stuff, so yes, that means data and graphs.

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Weird Wednesday ABA Style XV

Funny Somewhat Topical Ecard: Luckily, the dress code is enforced only every other 364 days!

Exception to the Rule

We usually dress for the occasion, and well it’s Halloween time, which means DRESS UP! If you ever dressed up, you had been reinforced one way or another. And maybe the reinforcement is strong enough to keep you wearing that silly costume!

Or Is It?

Maybe you never dressed up before, nor you ever will…. but when some little pirates, princesses, Yodas, Darth Vaders, and Jedi coming to your door, not many people can resist the EO to give them some candies, right?

Happy Halloween

Go have fun but don’t forget to hit the book, ya?

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EO and Priority (I Am Sorry)

MIA Apologies

 Sandy Koufax (credit: Wikipedia)
Sandy Koufax (credit: Wikipedia)


I have been slow with far and a few on my posts; low EO and a little uncertainty mix with lack of routine did me in. Get out of the funk I must. And yes, I have to catch up with some posts, some silly weird cards, and fix some posts (for whatever reason some of the photos of our newly minted BCBAs just won’t show…. anyone can help? Please?)

How about we start with some atonement? Since Yom Kippur started sun down last evening last Friday… (EO I lack to finish this post last week… and yes some of you might already hear the story that I dropped out of a course on Motivation back in grad school, so this isn’t my first EO deprived episode. So, chill!)

I assume that since you are reading this, you have heard of Establishing Operation somewhere. If not, I hope the White book is handy, or you can click on one of the links on the right-hand side. Yes, those guys are S-M-A-R-T! And you’d learn more from them, just be sure to give me credits for guiding you to the right place 😛

Back to what I was talking about, Yom Kippur, also known as a Day of Atonement, is one of the holiest holiday in the Jewish culture. I am not going to ruin it, so I will let Wiki do the job (click here to learn more).  And when I think of Yom Kippur, it always comes to Sandy Koufax.

For those who are not big on baseball, Sandy Koufax was a ultra-dominant left-handed pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1955 to 1966. He was the youngest person voted into the baseball hall of fame. Once again, here’s Mr. Koufax’s Wiki link (here). Oh, did I mention he’s Jewish and he observes Yom Kippur? Why is this so important? The game 1 of the 1965 World Series was scheduled on Yom Kippur, and Sandy Koufax declined to pitch. The best pitcher (he won the Cy Yong that year) refused to do what he did best on the biggest stage in the game when his team needed him most. Imagine the social consequences Koufax received after his decision!  Yet he did what he needed for his priority: his tradition (yea… we will de-mentalize this some other day).

Who’s on First? (What is Priority?)

I looked up the dictionary and let me paraphrase: priority simply means “right to take precedence over others” and let me do a little “de-mentalize this” here… in behavioral terms, I would say that priority is related to reinforcement: differential reinforcement, delay of reinforcement, magnitude of reinforcement, reinforcement preferences, etc. In Sandy Koufax’s case, I say that pitching (and winning) in the first game of the World Series was deemed less reinforcing than observing his cultural tradition on Yom Kippur. Let me go a bit further, World Series, at least at that moment, was not “worth it” compared to being true to his roots! My guess is that pitching on the very day would make Koufax regret (I already did it here). What’s your take?

World Series and Steak

I am a meat person but I do what a call “Veggie Day” twice a month (going by the Chinese calendar). On those days, I go by the lacto-vegetarian way (milk, cheese, and diary products but no eggs, or egg products… and NO, fish is meat!). I can tell you that we can go to a steak house on those days and I’d be okay. It was MY choice to only consume such diet and I found keeping true to myself (and such diet) would be more reinforcing than a piece of meat (albeit, a sizzling, tasty, juicy one). I can handle it. I can guess that is sorta how Koufax felt then.

Do not underestimate the power of Establishing Operation! Yes, for those who are studying for the board exam, work that EO!!!

And yes, the Dodgers lost that game but they battled back and the series went to Game 7. Who was pitching for the Dodgers? None other than Sandy Koufax.  He went the distance and pitched a 3-hit shutout and the Dodgers won the World Series that year!

So what is your priority? How are you going to work that EO to your advantage and get closer to your goal?

Once again, I apologize for my delay. I just think keeping a VR schedule would keep y’all comin’ back more, no?

May the desired consequence be with you!

P.S. This post is dedicated to the loving memory of my other Grandma, Lai-Ching Ng Chang, who recently passed away.

Master Skinner, Happy Birthday! (Updated)

B. F. Skinner
Our Yoda B.F. Skinner is? (Photo credit: Laura B. Dahl)

My fellow Jedi, today is a great day. Our great master (Yoda?) was born this day in 1904. We won’t be quite radical or verbal without his contribution. A little Psych 101 here but he’s the one that makes Palvov’s dog do more than just drooling. For more info, please click on this post from the BF Skinner foundation.

This also gets me thinking about the history of this field… and what I call, my ABA lineage. Obviously, Yoda, I mean Skinner has influenced all of us. So he’s always with us. Then there are different Jedi schools/regions (i.e. KU, Michigan, West Virginia, Arizona…). Well, I was one of the lucky ones who got to attend Lovaas’s lecture. Though I went a slightly different direction with the Lovaas way, I do think I am from his line.

And then there’s my current schooling: the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) bloodline: the ABA guru, Jose Martinez-Diaz, and Behavior Guy (Corey Robertson) and other great co-instructors.

I am going to get this lineage all drawn up one day. What characters do you think your mentors/instructors are?

What’s your ABA lineage?