applied behavior analysis

Behavior Analysts Battle Fake News

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC We live in a world of language, of information, consumed by millions of people through the Internet.  Unfortunately, recent years have seen a misinformation trend in the form of “fake news.” The issue…


Understanding Behavior Functionally

Angela Cathey, M.A. & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates A functional approach to understanding behavior is often difficult for non-behavior analysts to grasp. Tracking functional relationships requires that the observer…


A More Inclusive View of What Drives Behavior

Angela Cathey, M.A. & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Many behavior analysts begin with a rather constrained view of what drives behavior as a result of educational contingencies. It is…



Babbling: A Key Milestone for Speech and Language Development

Angela Cathey, M.A & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC At Verbal Beginnings, intervention focuses on increasing a variety of areas within each learner’s repertoire, including verbal behavior, social skills, functional life skills, and group instruction skills. Within this…


A functional view of ACT and ACT related behaviors.

Angela Cathey, M.A. & Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Brett DiNovi, M.A., BCBA Brett DiNovi & Associates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or “ACT” is a behavioral therapy. ACT teaches people to notice the functions of their behavior and…


Trump, Putin, and Relational Frame Theory

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC The world is abuzz today with news of President Trump’s recent comments during a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  According to CNN, the trouble started when “Trump declined to endorse the…


Crowd Behavior Analysis from the Sky Aims to Prevent Tragedy

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC Computer scientists at Middlebury College are working on a way to improve public safety at large public events through computer vision algorithms that detect anomalies in crowd behavior from a drone.  The work…


Jazz in Deep Ellum, Texas

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC; Ignite STEAM Labs If direct acting contingencies had a sound, it would sound like improvisational jazz. No words, just reacting to the present moment. No thinking, only feeling. No destination, only being. No…


The role of behavioral science in the Thai cave rescue.

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D bSci21Media, LLC By now you have probably heard about the Wild Boar soccer team trapped in an underground cave in Thailand since going missing June 23rd.  CNN reported that the team, along with their coach…