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Calling for Research Participants

As a human, autistic adult, and board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) dedicated to ethical and humane treatment of others, this research is a high priority to me. I am highly interested in ensuring that the data taken is accurate to the experiences of those who have received formal ABA services. As such, I would love for the dissemination of this study’s research to be far reaching.

Certainly there is a part of me that is concerned about the information this research will present. But what is more concerning to me is that there is so little research which has been conducted in this area, and what has been conducted has largely been disregarded by behavior analytic practitioners with some notable exceptions.

For all that read this, I encourage you to disseminate this study to those who have experienced ABA services within the criteria listed. For those that participate, I encourage you to be honest and direct. Regardless of the results of the research, I look forward to being able to learn how my field, the field of Applied Behavior Analysis, can improve.

Those who wish to participate can join the research by going to using the tiny url link on the flier.


Brian Middleton, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, the “Bearded Behaviorist”

Disclosure of relationships: Brian is friends with one of the researchers in this study. His friend, Louis Stay, is autistic and is a senior psychology undergrad student with an interest in autism counseling. Louis has worked as an RBT and has a desire to improve outcomes for all learners, but especially individuals receiving services for ASD.

Brian does not have a relationship with any other member of the research team nor has he received payment for advertising this study.

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Behavior Principles Present at Linkin Park Concert

Behavior principles present in this video:

When Linkin Park prioritized fan safety, they also demonstrate important behavior principles.

-*Putative punishment of dancing when someone falls in the form of response cost (music stopping) and correction.

-Clearly stated rule of Safety First (rules governed behaviors).

-Clear use of Premack Principle (if you get up/help each other out we will play the song again).

-Clearly restating the rules and why they are important (rules governed behaviors).

-High Probability (high-P) demand sequence in the form of chanting the rule of if someone falls you help them up.

-*Putative reinforcement of the behavior of helping those who fall through attention and socially mediated access.

Behavior analysts didn’t invent these principles. We observed them. We took data. We identified rules that are present in behavior. This is not new, but the ability to identify and replicate means that we can make the world better by helping ourselves and others see how our behavior shapes our environment and visa versa.

Being great, good, kind, caring, passionate, and loving isn’t only dependent on something we are born with. Certainly there are factors that can increase the probability of someone doing all of these things since by our natures we are social and crave connection and belonging at some level, but when the environment is designed to increase pro-social behaviors the probability of doing pro-social behaviors increases. In short, pro-social behaviors are something that can be developed. They are something that can be taught.

Make the world better. Reinforce the change you want to see in the world!

*Putative means potential or possible. Keep in mind that reinforcement and punishment are only determined by whether the stimulus following a behavior increases or maintains (reinforcement) or reduces (punishment) the behavior or similar behaviors preceeding it.

Legal notice: this video is used under the fair use doctrine for educational purposes. The copyright of the video belongs to Linkin Park. The commentary is licensed under open-source educational materials licensing.