Generalization: Scientifically Explored

This Session explains what improves or slows down an animal’s ability to take a known behavior in one context and generalize it to other contexts.

All trainers struggle with helping their animals understand the same cue in different contexts. For example, a behavior that is under perfect stimulus control in the house may fall apart when presented outside. Why is generalization hard? Are distractions the underlying issue, or is something else at work? Are there practices that make it harder? Are there practices that can make it easier and faster?

In this Session, you will learn specific practices to help speed up the process of moving from behaviors under stimulus control in a context-specific setting to behaviors under stimulus control independent (mostly!) of context.

This Session continues the ClickerExpo signature series "Scientifically Explored" where training topics bring the latest academic research angle to bear.

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. He serves on several editorial boards, including the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. His areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, and rule- and contingency-shaped behavior.