2015 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

TH06 - The Sources of What Makes Science Tick, Especially Our Natural Behavior Science

Oct 15, 2015 1:30pm ‐ Oct 15, 2015 4:45pm

Standard: $20.00


This seminar, the second in this two–seminar series, concerns some of the more advanced considerations of the behaviorology science, and serves those who, while already comfortable with the basics, are seeking some professional expansion of their comprehension of this science. As such, the seminar explores the shared successes and assumptions and causal relations that connect us and our behaviorology science with our sister sciences, with emphasis on the particular functional connections that we share with physics and physiology as supported by philosophy and history. After considering some differences between the assumptions behind natural science disciplines and the assumptions behind other disciplines, we track how the natural science assumptions develop across many aspects of scientific discoveries and engineering applications, including those involved in dog training, such as clicker training. In these developments we cover topics such as variability, parsimony, determinism, and behaviorism, with behaviorism including the value of private events in science, and the societal role and behaving status of scientists and practitioners. We finish by conceptually and interpretively tracking not only how physiology describes what happens when behaviorology accounts for behavior, but also how physics is involved in the physiological level events, and thus in the behaviorological level events. This seminar requires no specific background in other sciences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the nature and role of some of the assumptions that bear on the alternatives ways, magically or scientifically, that we deal with behavior, and (b) attendees will also be able to recognize the historical sources of support for the assumptions behind science.
  • Describe and apply some of the practical assumptions behind science in general, and behavior science in particular, as a way to see the big–picture context that improves the success of applying behavior science in practical situations such as dog training.
  • See how behavior training occurs in the multi–science (physics, physiology, and behaviorology) context of trigger and fuel energies interacting with neural structures in ways that mediate both behavior and the changes in behavior that companion animal behavior training brings about.


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