Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Rice, 2016 recipient of the SEAB Basic Dissertation Award.
Nathan's dissertation, “Reinforcing Effects of Near Wins in Extinction and Concurrent-
Chains Procedures” was selected by a panel of experts for the award, which is given by Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.
Quantitative analyses of behavior involve describing, forecasting and explaining behavior using mathematical equations. This approach can generate very accurate, precise descriptions of behavior. It makes objective comparison of different explanations possible. Sometimes, models generate surprising predictions and explain things you would not expect from verbal descriptions alone!