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ABACLive Webinar with Marianne L. Jackson, PhD, BCBA-D

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Marianne Jackson ABACLive Webinar

Presented through the ABACLive Cambridge Center Series. Helping those who help others, one live webinar at a time.

Marianne L. Jackson, PhD, BCBA-D, presents “ABA, VB, RFT and LOL: A Behavior Analytic Account of Teaching Humor Comprehension”

Wednesday, May 4, 2022
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm (Eastern/NY)

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for a discounted price with 3 BACB® Learning CEUs.

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Humor comprehension and joke telling are important aspects of an individual’s behavioral repertoire. They have social benefits and various health benefits and improvements in this repertoire may lead to positive outcomes in these areas. Professionals interested in the behavioral conceptualization of humor and how humor can be taught, benefit from instruction in the analysis of humor as a response and an examination of the behavioral repertoires that are relevant to humor comprehension. At the end of the presentation, audience members should be able to explain the behavioral components involved in humor comprehension of simple double-meaning jokes and describe a procedure to teach these skills.

Target Audience: Professionals interested in the behavioral conceptualization of humor and how humor can be taught. Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this event, participants should be able to:

  • Identify one socially valid reason to improve humor comprehension.
  • Select the behavioral components of double meaning jokes.
  • Iidentify ways to measure humor comprehension and appreciation.
  • Identify a three-step prompting strategy for teaching comprehension of double-meaning jokes.
Presenter Bios:

Dr. Jackson received her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada Reno. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fresno where she serves as the director of the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and as the clinical director of ABA Services at Fresno State. Her research interests include complex social skills including humor, perspective-taking, safety skills, the motivational functions of verbal behavior, and interventions to increase health and fitness behaviors. Dr. Jackson has served on the ABAI executive council, the CalABA Board of Directors, and as an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. In 2011, she was selected as the PsiChi Faculty of the Year, in 2014 was named as one of the Provost’s Outstanding New Faculty, and in 2017 received a Distinguished Faculty Service award from the College of Science and Mathematics. While at Fresno State, she has secured grants and contracts totaling over $6 million. She presents regularly at state and national conferences and has provided teaching, training, and clinical services in the countries of Scotland, Ireland, Jordan, Bosnia, and Georgia.

*This event is FREE for the general public. For those that want a certificate of completion for continuing education credits please purchase the discounted CEs. This event is being offered at the discounted ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price for CEUs (Learning). (Register on ABAC website) Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the live event or recording.Behavior Analysts: 3 CEUs (Learning) (Visit ABAC website for complete information.)

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series of webinars are presented by Board of Directors, Trustees, Advisors, Senior Fellows of the prestigious Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

The ABACLive Cambridge Center Series is the result of a collaboration between The Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies (CCBS) and The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc (ABAC) designed to make behavioral health education accessible to the global community of professionals working to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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May 4
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


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