NZABA 2017

Save the date! NZABA 2017 will be held from the evening of Friday 25 August to the late afternoon of Sunday 27 August at Victoria University of Wellington.

2017 conference

The 2017 NZABA conference will be held at Victoria University of Wellington over a weekend in late August or early September 2017. More information will be posted here as it becomes available.

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