The Learning Planet

Earth is often called the blue planet because of its impressive oceans. However, at least as impressive, but less well considered, is the extent to which Earth’s inhabitants—mammals, insects, and even plants—change their behaviors based on experience, specifically consequences. Consequences also change brain function and gene expression—the “whole shebang.” In this Session, different aspects of the learning planet are discussed, guided by Susan Schneider’s book, The Science of Consequences, and several other seminal works. Key points are illustrated with video examples.


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.