Please Sir: May I Have Some Food, Water... and Control? From Surviving to Thriving

Ask a 3-year-old child what her eyes, ears, and legs are for and you will usually get fast, accurate, gleeful answers. But, when asked what behavior is for, even experienced animal trainers and consultants will pause. Simply put, behavior is an evolved tool to control outcomes. Controlling outcomes is what makes behavior effective. In this presentation, the benefits of providing control to the learners in our care will be discussed.

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2018; content presented in 2019 may vary slightly.

Susan G. Friedman, PhD

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 14 languages. She teaches courses and seminars on animal learning and consults with zoos around the world. Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 - 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. 

She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, ABMA, and IAABC.