Behavior Chains: Scientifically Explored

This Session explains the practice and research of behavior chains or individual behaviors that are linked by discriminative stimuli.

Good practices for teaching behavior chains are part of every advanced clicker trainer’s repertoire, but too few trainers understand the science that builds powerful chains, what practices fatally weaken chains, and how to avoid building accidental behavior chains. A clearer understanding of the underlying theory and the benefits and drawbacks of specific training practices will help you maximize behavior chains in your own training.

This Session draws on the research at the University of North Texas that examines behavior chains and cueing. It is part of the ClickerExpo signature series "Scientifically Explored" where training topics bring the latest academic research angle to bear.

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz

Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of Kansas in 1995 under the direction of Dr. Donald M. Baer. He serves on several editorial boards, including the European Journal of Behavior Analysis and the International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy. His areas of interest include antecedent control of behavior, generalization, behavioral cusps, fluency-based teaching, treatment of autism, teaching of academic behavior, animal training, and rule- and contingency-shaped behavior.