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ABACLive Webinar with David C. Palmer, PhD

May 13, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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

David C. Palmer, PhD presents: “A Behavioral interpretation of Memory”

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm  (Eastern/NY)

This event is FREE for the general public.* Or available for the discounted price of $50 with 2 BACB® Learning CEUs.

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This presentation will be primarily a conceptual talk about how memory can be understood from a behavior analytic perspective. A brief survey of the physiological bases of memory will be offered to illustrate that the fundamental “unit” of memory is a change in synaptic connectivity, not the storage of events. Next will be an analysis of the two major kinds of mnemonic phenomena: memory as the endurance of stimulus control and memory as problem-solving. The former rests entirely on principles of learning, the latter on acquired strategic behavior. There are two main classes of strategic behavior: acquisition strategies, deployed at the time of original learning, and recall strategies, deployed at the time of recall. The two work together to permit effective responding to novel questions about the past. Most such strategic mnemonic behavior is acquired incidentally, but exceptions point the way to possible therapeutic applications. A surprising implication of this analysis is that memory is current behavior under the control of current stimuli, not past behavior retrieved from a memory storehouse.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to identify what is “stored” in the brain when we speak of memory.

Participants will be able to discriminate between memory as a stimulus control phenomenon and memory as a problem-solving phenomenon.

Participants will be able to discriminate between acquisition strategies and recall strategies.

*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: 2 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 13, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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