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ABACLive Webinar with Anna Linnehan, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

November 3, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

ABACLive Series Anna Linnehan, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

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

CCBS Advisor Dr. Anna Linnehan presents “Emotions and Emotional Behavior; Analysis and Practical Applications”

Friday, November 3, 2023
11:00 am – 2:00 pm (Eastern/NY)
Recordings available until 11/17/2023

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for a discounted price with:

  • 0.3 IACET CEUs
  • 3.0 BACB CEUs
  • 3.0 QABA Learning Units
  • There is a NoCE credit version of this event available for FREE. Learn more here.

NBCC, QABA, AOTA, ASWB, APA credit hours not offered for this program. See Brochure for Event Applicable CE Provider Statements.

For relevant approved provider statements please download and review the brochure.

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Many common theories of emotions describe emotions as resulting from a mediating, internal process. Additionally, many scientific studies as well as teaching procedures for children rely on facial expression as the primary indications of emotions. However, these misconceptions have been recently updated or refuted by neuroscience. Additionally, while facial expression is part of the context of a description of emotions, facial expressions are not good indicators of specific emotions. The purpose of the 3-hour webinar is to provide a parsimonious analysis of emotions as described by Skinner and updated by the Goldiamond-Layng theory which states emotions not internal states but rather descriptions of changes in contingencies, or contingency descriptors. A formal definition of contingency, the distinction between emotions and emotional behavior, how we learn the words for emotions will be discussed. Additionally, preliminary research in teaching children with autism to label the emotion words “fear” and “anger” and their corresponding contingencies will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

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

  • Distinguish between emotions and emotional behavior.
  • Identify the contingencies associated with the emotion words “fear” and “anger”.
  • Distinguish the Goldiamond-Layng theory of emotions from other theories of emotions.
Presenter Bio:
Anna Linnehan, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Anna Linnehan, PhD, BCBA-D, LABA

Anna M. Linnehan is the Director of Academic Operations for the Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis at Endicott College. Anna earned her masters and doctoral degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis from Endicott College. She began her career as a professional chemist and has a passion for improving the lives of others through science. Her doctoral dissertation, Variables in Tacting Emotions, A Programming Contingency Analysis, utilized the Goldiamond-Layng Theory to teach emotional concepts using a contingency analytic framework. Her research interests include using contingency analysis paired with instructional design to develop programs to help individuals identify and problem solve their own emotions and emotional behavior. Anna is also interested in the application of signal detection theory to analyze decisions and decision-making behavior. Additionally, she is passionate in the dissemination of nonlinear contingency analysis and programming based on Israel Goldiamond’s constructional approach. She recently co-authored a book, Decisions and Judgments in Ambiguous Situations: A Conceptual Introduction to Signal Detection Theory, with Dr. T. V. Joe Layng. She has also served as a member of review boards for a variety of behavioral journals and serves as an Advisor of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.

*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. Register on ABAC Website – FREE (NO CEs)

This event is being offered at the discounted ABACLive Cambridge Center Series price for CEUs (Learning). Behavior Analysts may earn continuing education for viewing the live event or recording.Behavior Analysts: 3 CEUs (Learning) Register on ABAC Website to Earn Continuing Education

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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November 3, 2023
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


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