The Sixth Annual Conference of the New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis was hosted by The University of Auckland from 28-30 August. The conference was the largest yet, with 28 graduate students and 14 faculty members and practitioners presenting a total of 41 papers, including 9 posters. The six New Zealand universities that carry out behaviour-analytic research were all represented, and we were delighted to hear papers from visitors Steve Provost (Southern Cross University, Australia) and Takayuki Sakagami (Keio University, Japan).
Prizes for the best student papers were won by Nathalie Boutros (EAB: The characterization of conditional reinforcers) and Rebecca Sharp (ABA: Modified incidental teaching with lag schedules of reinforcement to increase variable manding in a child with expressive language deficits), both of The University of Auckland.
NZABA’s Seventh Annual Conference will be hosted by the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, around the end of August 2010. Check this website for details nearer the time. Abstracts of papers from the 2009 conference can be found on the Previous Conferences page.
By Douglas Elliffe