The Conditioned Reinforcer Scientifically Explored

In this Session, you will explore current theories of conditioned reinforcement, including original research that both clarifies the theories and tells us more about effective use of conditioned reinforcement during training.

Professor Rosales-Ruiz will introduce the different theories of conditioned reinforcement and their relation to three terms used in animal training: bridge, marker, and keep-going signal. Attendees will also learn about ways to establish a conditioned reinforcer and training procedures that compromise conditioned reinforcers, making them work either less effectively or not at all.

A clearer understanding of both the underlying theory and the benefits and drawbacks of specific training practices will enable trainers to maximize the effects of conditioned reinforcement in your own training.

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.