The conference is this weekend! The full programme is now available
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: Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTERS
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.
|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)|
|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|
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: http://bit.ly/1IE43dP
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
Saturday30th August, University of Otago
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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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
This year NZABA celebrated its 10th annual conference at the University of Auckland with its biggest attendance to date with 88 delegates, with a number traveling from outside New Zealand. The standard of the 34 presentations and 9 posters were excellent, as usual, and sparked a lot of interesting discussions. An informal gathering was held at SPE bar on Friday. The conference was held in the Copthorne Hotel on Anzac Avenue on Saturday and in the Human Sciences Building on Sunday.
NZABA once again offered Continuing Education Units to practitioners in applied behaviour analysis, administered by Oliver Mudford.
Student presentations always feature in NZABA’s programme but the bar continues to be set higher each year. For the second year in a row, Sarah Cowie won the best basic-research presentation with a paper entitled, “A step in time from 1 to 9: Discriminating local food ratio reversals that occur a fixed time after the last reinforcer”. This was the first time NZABA awarded the same student two years in a row, indicating the outstanding quality of Sarah’s presentation. Elin Engstrom won the best applied presentation with her talk entitled, “Applied behaviour analysis in a dementia care facility”. A number of high-quality Honours and Master’s presentations inspired the nomination of an award to Jonas Chan for his paper entitled, “Stimulus control and resistance to extinction in combined stimulus contexts”. Congratulations to these students on their awards and thank you to all student presenters for contributing to an excellent programme.
Previous winner, James McEwan, awarded Brett Furlonger the Bullroarer for pulling the cloth from our eyes and asking us to examine our effectiveness as teachers. After naming practically every word spoken at the conference, as previous winner, Dave Harper awarded Katrina Phillips the venerable Spear for her claims to play God.
Chris Podlesnik handed the position of President/Chair to Celia Lie, Celia Lie handed Secretary over to Anne Macaskill, and Doug Elliffe provisionally handed Treasurer to Brent Alsop pending Brent’s approval.
Thank you to everyone who helped organise NZABA 2013 and we look forward to NZABA 2014 at the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Chris Podlesnik – 2013 NZABA President/Chair
New Zealand Association for Behaviour Analysis Annual General Meeting
Saturday 31st August, University of Auckland
As per last year’s decision, the 2014 conference will be hosted by the University of Otago in Dunedin.
Celia Lie (Otago) to be the next Chair/President, taking over from Chris Podlesnik (Auckland).
Anne Macaskill (VUW) to be Secretary, taking over from Celia Lie (Otago).
Brent Alsop (Otago) nominated to take over the Treasurer’s role from Doug Elliffe (Auckland).
Action: Celia to check with Brent if he is willing to be Treasurer.
Doug Elliffe (Auckland) reports that we had around $7200 in the NZABA account prior to the conference.
The current account with ANZ cannot be closed down without Nathalie Boutros’s signature (location currently unknown). One solution is to set up a new account, then withdraw all the money from the current account to place into a new account. The new account needs to be set up for a non-profit organisation, and preferably requiring only one signature for such activities as writing out cheques and closing the account down.
Action: Celia/Brent/Doug to organise this after all expenses for NZABA 2013 are taken care of.
Annual costs of renewal for the NZABA website (around $15). Doug has been paying this out of his own pocket.
Action: James McEwen volunteered to pay for the next year.
BACB fee for CE credits also needs to be paid once a year (around $150).
Action: New Treasurer to arrange to cheque to be sent.
Code of Ethics
Following an email to Chris earlier in the year regarding whether NZABA has a code of ethics, a brief discussion took place about whether we needed one. It was agreed that the code for ABAI would suffice, and that the NZ Psychological Board’s ethics code also covers research. No Code of Ethics would be adopted by NZABA specifically.
Student Travel Fund & Prizes
Because NZABA is in a good financial situation at the moment, it was suggested that we use some of this money to pay for student travel.
Doug also suggested that the student prizes be raised slightly (since they have been $100 for a long time and haven’t been adjusted for inflation). All in favour.
Action: Doug to email one person per University to see whether students have paid money out of their own pocket for travel expenses.
Action: Doug to send out cheques student prizes to the winners.
Thanks to the University of Auckland Psychology Department for paying for most of the costs of the conference.
Thanks to Doug Elliffe for holding the Treasurer’s role for a number of years.
Thanks to Celia Lie for holding the Secretary’s role for a number of years.
Thanks to Chris Podlesnik for being the Chairperson for the past year.
Thanks to the organising team of NZABA 2013 for a well-run (and very well-attended) conference.
Meeting closed at 5:50pm.