NZABA 2015- general information and instructions for presenters

We are pleased by the large number of people attending and contributing to NZABA 2015. If you are registered to present you will have received an email from conference organizer Ant McLean. Be in touch with him if you haven’t received that email or have corrections or changes to your listed presentation details. Ant:

Please note that the conference dinner is currently full. If there are any cancellations, these will be announced during the Saturday conference session.


NZABA 2015 will be held in the South Arts Lecture Theatres, University of Canterbury (Ilam campus). The lecture block is located off University Drive (about half way). There is a map below, or (better) you can get your own at



Everyone attending or presenting at NZABA 2015 will need to register. The registration fee is $130 for those on an income (“waged” in the survey) and free for others. The conference dinner is on a pre-paid basis, and you will need to be pay this ($35.00) at registration. The registration desk will be operating at the welcome function and on Saturday (from 8:00am, during morning tea, and lunchtime). Payment can be by cash (exact change will be appreciated) or, for those with NZ bank accounts, by cheque. We cannot handle payment by credit card.


On Friday 21 August, NZABA invites you to a welcome function upstairs in the Ilam Homestead (UCant Staff Club) from 6:00pm. There will be some pizza and nibbles provided. The Registration Desk will be operating during this occasion.


The conference dinner will be at Tandoori Palace, Ilam Rd (opposite Ilam School) 7:30pm Saturday. It is a buffet, and the cost is $35 per person, to be prepaid at registration. BYO is available for wine only (there will be a $4 charge per BYO wine-drinker, levied on the glass you get to drink it from).
Other drinks can be purchased from the counter. All drinks charges are on a cash basis (i.e., are not included in the $35).
The buffet will offer a selection of starters (some will be vegetarian, some items will contain gluten), followed by a selection of curries (some with meat and some vegetarian; we will avoid any positively gluten-containing curries).

Lunches and morning/afternoon teas are provided. There will be ample vegetarian and GF options at the lunches.

The annual business meeting will be at 3:30 on Sunday 23rd Aug, starting with prizes etc.



There are 35 talks scheduled for the conference. This will mean a fairly tight schedule, starting at 8:40 am each day, ending at 5:20 on Saturday and at 3:10 on Sunday. 20 minute time slots have been assigned per talk (to include discussion/question time).


There will be two poster sessions, both at lunchtimes. Each session will have about 10 posters. Abstracts for posters will be printed in the conference programme.
Posters should be 120cm wide. There is limited space suitable for mounting posters –some will be stuck up over windows, and a few on special mounting boards. Bring BluTak or duct tape to be self sufficient (drawing pins won’t work). We strongly advise against laminating posters as it makes them heavy and inclined to curl. It would make sense to put your poster up during the morning tea break in readiness for the lunch break, but up to you.

NZABA is please to host a great range of paper and poster presentations at the University of Canterbury this year. Authors, affiliations and titles of all accepted presentations are listed below. Stay tuned for a complete programme with presentation times and abstracts. We are not able to accept any more presentation submissions at this time.

Paper Presentations

Amarie Carnett Victoria University of Wellington Using behavior chain interruption to teach mands for actions for children with autism who communicate using an iPad-based speech-generating device
Anastasia Marie Sawchak Victoria University at Wellington A Comparison of Outcomes from Descriptive and Experimental Analyses of Verbal Behavior
Anne Macaskill Victoria University of Wellington The multiple effects of slot machine “off-line” wins
Anthony McLean University of Canterbury Do they stay or do they go?
Bartlomiej Swebodzinski University of Social Science and Humanities Warsaw Delay discounting in humans with neurological diseases
Brett Furlonger Monash University Are the third-generation counselling approaches promoted by Acceptance and commitment therapy, Mindfulness therapy and Dialectical behaviour therapy changing behavioural counselling so much as to make it unrecognisable to Skinner?
Doug Elliffe University of Auckland Milk lipid supplementation may partially counteract age-related memory deficits in rats
Edward K. Morris University of Kansas, Kansas, US Childrearing as the Behaviorist Viewed It: John B. Watson’s Advice in Perspective (co-authored with Katheryn M. Bigelow)
Emma Baker University of Auckland The treatment of vocal stereotypy using response interruption and redirection
Joanne Wong University of Auckland Using video modelling to teach social skills to children with autism
John Bai University of Auckland Sunk time: Effects of absolute and relative delays to reinforcement
John Church Ajunct Senior Fellow An analysis of the contingencies operating during teacher education programmes
Jonas Chan The University of Sydney Reinforcer rates and the role of trials in the acquisition of conditioned responding
Joseph Graddy Waikato University A study of the relationship between experiential avoidance, delaying of aversive outcomes, and brief, immediate relational responding.
Joshua Benseman University of Auckland The Monty Hall Dilemma: Pigeons, Probabilities, and Prizes
Karen Sluter University of Waikato Persistence of Behaviour during Differential Reinforcement
Kate Southcombe University of Auckland Target training as an intervention for horses with float-loading problem behaviour.
Katrina Phillips University of Auckalnd IOA: What is it good for?
Lorance Taylor Victoria University of Wellington Free is not enough
Ludmila Miranda-Dukoski The University of Auckland Contingency instead of context might aid our understanding of the processes underlying relapse
Mary Foster University of Waikato Effects of Reinforcer Duration on the Previous and Upcoming Ratios on Between-Ratio Pausing in Fixed-Ratio Schedules
Neville Blampied University of Canterbury To average or not to average? – that is the question
Patrícia Luque Carreiro University of Brasilia – Brazil A Functional Analysis of Corruption from a Behavioral-Economic Perspective
Randolph Grace University of Canterbury Amazing Title to Come
Rebecca Olsen Victoria University of Wellington Discounting of reinforcer value and student success
Sarah Cowie University of Auckland Reinforcers and stimuli in adaptation and performance
Stephanie Gomes-Ng University of Auckland To switch or not to switch?: The effects of changeover delays on choice
Stuart Michael McGill University of Auckland Analysing the Effect of Acquisition Context on Human Choice Behaviour by combining EAB with EEG
Surrey Jackson University of Waikato A microanalysis of body weight as a Motivating Operation
Timothy Edwards University of Waikato Using Giant African Pouched Rats and Behaviour Analysis in Humanitarian Applications
Vikki Bland University of Auckland Impact of signalled alternative reinforcement on persistence of target responding
Yadan Liu Monash University Improving Social Skills in a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Self-management Training (Authors: Yadan Liu, Dennis W. Moore, & Angelika Anderson)

Poster Presentations

Amanda Fernandez Monash University Direct assessment of mild challenging behaviours with typically developing Australian primary school-age students
Ariel Yang University of Waikato Suboptimal Choice Behaviour across Different Reinforcement Probabilities
Bartłomiej Swebodziński Polish Society for Behavioral Psychology Polish Society for Behavioral Psychology – yesterday, today and tomorrow
Celia Lie University of Otago Effects of an Online Learning Platform on Exam Performance and Student Satisfaction
Derek English Monash University An intervention package comprising of video modelling, video feedback and peer mediation to teach adults with ASD social and work skills in a vocational context.
Grace Walker Victoria University of Wellington Increase minority students use of support services through metaphors
Hannah Waddington Victoria University of Wellington Teaching an 8-year-old boy with autism spectrum disorder to approach communication partners in order to request preferred items using an iPad®-based speech generating device.
Jessica Barton Victoria University of Wellington Are tones reinforcers for rats?
jessica cameron victoria university of wellington Slot machines: colour change signalling increased reinforcement rate
Kate Pennell Victoria University of Wellington Delay discounting of video: Effects of reward quality and order of experienced outcomes
Katrina Clarke University of Waikato Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) Counting Using Response Sequences under Ratio Reinforcement
Kim van der Toorn University of Waikato The effect of economy type (open vs closed) on the demand for foods by hens
Lauren Colls Victoria University of Wellington The near win effect in simulated slot machine gambling: the role of conditioned reinforcement
Matthew Westbury Victoria University of Wellington Studying gene – environment interactions in a rat model of depression
Melissa Janson University of Waikato Making Recycling Positive Immediate and Certain, Using a Recycling ‘Arcade’ in a Public Place.
Rana Asgarova Victoria University of Wellington Experiential probability discounting of gains and losses
Renee L Cachia Monash University Mindfulness, Stress and Well-being in Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review
Richard Dagher Monash University An intervention package comprising of video-modelling, video feedback and peer mediation to teach adults with ASD social and work skills in a vocational context.
Sadhana Gounden Monash University An intervention package comprising of video modelling, video feedback and peer mediation to teach adults with ASD social and work skills in a vocational context.
Shu Fen Chan Monash University An intervention package comprising of video modelling, video feedback and peer mediation to teach adults with ASD social and work skills in a vocational context.
Sinead Bicknell The Univeristy of Waikato The Relation Between Preference and Price of Different Amounts of food with Hens (Preference and Price)
Stacey ter Veer-Burke University of Waikato Judgement Bias in Hens
Steph Bremner University of Waikato Performance of Brushtail Possums (Trichosurus Vulpeca) on Concurrent DRL VI Schedules of Reinforcement
Stuart Michael Mcgill Unversity of Auckland Within-session reinforcer differentials in a free-operant psychophysical procedure
Victoria Hancox University of Waikato Replication of Zentall & Stagner’s (2010) procedure of Sub-optimal choice behaviour
Vincent Thor Allen University of Waikato Automated Technology Based Behavioural Intervention to Promote Exercise Adherence: A Pilot Study to Ascertain Efficacy


Call for Papers for NZABA 2015

NZABA 2015 will be hosted at the University of Canterbury

21-23 August 2015

To register your intention to attend the conference, and enter details about your presentation or poster, please use the survey:

15 July is the deadline to submit your abstract and to indicate that you are seeking student travel assistance

The conference schedule will be as follows:

Evening Friday 21st of August: meet and greet, registration, and poster session

Saturday 22nd of August: presentations, conference dinner

Sunday 23rd of August: presentations, business meeting, and Awards

New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis Business Meeting 2014

Saturday30th August, University of Otago

NZABA 2015

The 2015 conference will be hosted by the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. The University of Waikato to host in 2016 unless we identify a new location (see below).

Committee Roles

  • Randy Grace (Canterbury) to be the president of NZABA.
  • Anne Macaskill (Victoria) to remain as secretary.
  • Brent Alsop remains treasurer until he has organised with someone from the University of Canterbury to take over.

Treasurer’s report

  • We have approximately $12,000 in the NZABA bank account. Anticipated that we will have approximately $7,500 following payment of all conference expenses
  • Discussion of the fact that we have been carrying a large bank balance given that the goal of conference fees is to cover our conference costs rather than to make a profit.
  • Suggested that we investigate the idea of holding the conference somewhere new, perhaps outside NZ. As we have had many attendees from Australia recently, holding it there is one possibility.
  • Action: Investigate the possibility of holding NZABA in Australia in the future, perhaps 2016.

Funding for students and travel costs

  • Agreement that the conference itself should remain free to students
  • Agreement to try moving the decision making about student travel grants earlier next year to provide students with some surety about how much they will receive. Money will be given to them at the end of the conference.
    • Action: Anne Macaskill to organise a trial of this in 2015
  • Only students who present are eligible for funding, and preference will also be given to those who have looked for alternative funding.

NZABA will continue not to accept credit card payments?

  • Increasing attendance from Australia. Australian attendees would find it easier to pay if they could do so with credit cards. Possibility of running through a service like PayPal
  • Discussion of the complex issues involved in accepting credit cards.
  • Decided to maintain current options: internet banking, payment with a cheque, payment with cash.

Life memberships

  • Discussion of awarding NZABA membership to a small number of long-time members who have now retired.
  • Geoff White, Bill Temple, and Michael Davison identified as NZABA members who have made a substantial contribution to the organisation and to NZ Behaviour Analysis over many years.
  • Action: Geoff, Bill, and Michael will receive certificates.

Thank yous

  • Thank you to Oliver Mudford for nine years of BCBA CEU coordinating. Welcome Katrina Philips to this role.
  • Thank you to Celia Lie and her organising committee for a great 2014 conference and to Celia for several years serving as an excellent secretary or president of NZABA



NZABA’s 11th annual conference was hosted by the Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, on the 29th to 31st August, 2014. Despite the travel involved for many attendees, 88 people attended, equalling the number at NZABA in Auckland last year (our highest attendance to date). This included a mix of students, academics, practitioners, and professionals from across New Zealand and Australia.  There were 31 paper presentations and 8 poster presentations at this year’s conference, and the standard of talks and posters was extremely high.  NZABA again offered Continuing Education Units to practitioners in applied behaviour analysis, administered by Katrina Phillips.

The conference’s social activities began with a welcome event on Friday evening at Geoff White’s house.  On Saturday evening, there was a tour of the Speight’s Brewery, and a conference dinner at the Speight’s Ale House. These events were very well attended (with a record number of 84 people at the dinner), and allowed conference attendees to mingle with one another.


At the start of the conference, Geoff White received a special award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to behaviour analysis in New Zealand.

Two student presentation prizes were awarded this year. John Bai (The University of Auckland) received the EAB award for his talk entitled “Response rates and persistence after response-contingent food and additional stimuli”.  Mitchell Stevenson, Shaun Pearl , Vanessa Rausa, and Simon Finkelstein (Monash University) jointly received the ABA award for their talk entitled “Teaching job skills to adults with ASD: Efficacy of video modelling”. Congratulations to these students on their awards, and thank you to all student presenters for contributing to an excellent programme.

At the end of the conference, Brett Furlonger passed the (now lost) Hatchet/Bullroarer to Katheryn Neilson (Victoria University of Wellington) for teaching him about his own gambling behaviours. Katrina Phillips passed the Spear to Randy Grace (University of Canterbury) for the use of various “mentalisms” throughout his talk.


The University of Canterbury in Christchurch was confirmed as the venue for the 2015 conference, and Celia Lie handed over the Chair/President role to Randy Grace, Anne Macaskill stays on as Secretary, and the Treasurer role is currently in negotiation.


Thank you to everyone who helped organise NZABA 2014. Special thanks to Geoff White for hosting the welcome event at his house, and for making many, many pizzas to cater for the hungry crowd.

We look forward to seeing everyone at NZABA 2015 in Christchurch.

Celia Lie – 2014 NZABA President/Chair