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Don Baer

Don Baer

Don Baer is one of the “fathers of generalization.”  In 1999, he wrote: “Learning one aspect of anything never means that you know the rest of it.  Doing something skillfully now never means that you will always do it well.  Resisting one temptation consistently never means that you now have character, strength, and discipline.  Thus, it is not the learner […]

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) was an English naturalist who developed the theory of biological evolution.  Biological evolution states that species develop and change over time through a series small variances that increase the species likelihood of survival and reproduction.  These small variances are passed down from one generation to the next with the variances that give the most competitive advantage expressing […]

Ivan Pavlov

Ivan Pavlov

Ivan Pavlov’s work is also important to the field of ABA.  He worked in the late 1800s to early 1900s in the field of classical conditioning (FK-13-14).  Classical conditioning is the process of pairing an unconditioned response with a conditioned response.  In the case of Pavlov, he paired the unconditioned response of a bell sound with the conditioned response of […]

B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner

Skinner used operant conditioning, which uses the consequences of behavior to shape future behavior.  In his work with pigeons in 1963, he taught them to either turn around or peck a plate in a cage in order to receive food.  In this case, he used their behavior based on the visual cue caused a treat to be produced which reinforced […]