The Learning Planet

Earth is often called the blue planet because of its impressive oceans. However, at least as impressive, but less well-considered, is the extent to which earth’s inhabitants change their behavior based on experience, specifically consequences. This truth makes the blue planet truly the Learning Planet. And, we are not talking just behavior that changes due to experience. Consequences affect genes and change brains, too. In this Session, different aspects of the leaning planet will be discussed, the discussion guided by Susan Schneider’s book The Science of Consequences and several other seminal works. Key points will be illustrated with video examples.

Susan G. Friedman, PhD

Susan G. Friedman, PhD, is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that have been so effective with human learners.


Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She offers seminars on animal learning at conferences and zoos around the world, is a member of Karen Pryor Clicker Training’s ClickerExpo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin at Natural Encounters, Inc.

The Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, Susan is a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE.

This year Susan was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of 15 Animal Professors to Know. Her acclaimed online course, Living and Learning with Animals for Behavior Professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane, behavior-change practices to students in more than 30 countries.