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Passion for ethical, science based behaviour management, behavioral engineering & training. I geek out on science-based Animal Training & Behaviorology. Disclaimer: R+ biased.

Wissenschaft ist die Liebe für Fakten, ohne Angst vor Komplexität und Differenziertheit. Wissenschaft ist gewissermaßen auch Demut. Es ist das Bewusstsein nicht im Besitz der ,Wahrheit‘ zu sein und die Gewohnheit, seine eigenen Argumente immer wieder selbst zu überprüfen. Diesen wissenschaftlichen Spirit vermisse ich auch in vielen gesellschaftlichen und politischen Debatten. Ich bin überzeugt, dass es unserer Gesellschaft als Ganzes gut tun würde, wenn sich jede*r mehr mit Wissenschaft beschäftigen würde. Wir brauchen mehr wissenschaftlichen Spirit!

— Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

Das im Video vorgestellte Buch „The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark“ von Carl Sagan ist wirklich sehr zu empfehlen. Der Text „The Fine Art of Baloney Detection“ kann kostenlos hier heruntergeladen werden: http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Sagan-Baloney.pdf.

Die Kunst Bullshit zu erkennen

Das im Video vorgestellte Buch „The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark“ von Carl Sagan ist wirklich sehr zu empfehlen. Der Text „The Fine Art of Baloney Detection“ kann kostenlos hier heruntergeladen werden: http://www.inf.fu-berlin.de/lehre/pmo/eng/Sagan-Baloney.pdf.

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This afternoon we played PORTL (The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab) to see the principles of behavior in action, practice applying those principles to change behavior and enhance training skills.

PORTL is a game played between two people, the teacher and the learner, using a collection of small objects, a clicker, and tokens. The teacher communicates with the learner entirely through reinforcement. No instructions, prompts, or models are used during the game to direct the learner. The game, which can be played by both children and adults, uses simple, inexpensive equipment and can be played anywhere. PORTL can be used to teach behavior principles, inquire about behavioral phenomena, and conduct research. PORTL had its beginnings in another tabletop shaping game, called GENABACAB, which was developed by English dog trainer Kay Laurence. Kay developed GENABACAB and a series of GENABACAB exercises as a way to teach her students about the basics of shaping and to improve their timing and observation skills. PORTL itself was developed at the University of North Texas by Mary Hunter and Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz.

These are just a few examples of questions that can easily be studied throughout playing the game:

– What’s the effect of a single click during shaping?
– How does generalization really work?
– How can extinction be used during shaping?
– What’s the difference between dimensional and instructional properties of cues?
– How can concepts be taught with minimal errors?
– How can we use affection as a reinforcer?

Sources:

  1. An introduction to PORTL: The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab

Playing PORTL

This afternoon we played PORTL (The Portable Operant Research and Teaching Lab) to see the principles of behavior in action, practice applying those principles to change behavior and enhance training skills. These are just a few examples of questions that can easily be studied throughout playing the game: – What’s the effect [...]

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"We all know thousands of facts about behavior. Actually there is no subject matter with which we could be better acquainted, for we are always in the presence of at least one behaving organism. But this familiarity is something of a disadvantage, for it means that we have probably jumped to conclusions which will not be supported by the cautious methods of science. … A great deal of unlearning generally takes place in our early contact with a science of behavior."
— B.F. Skinner

Chirag Patels „The Bucket Game“

Chirag Patel setzte schon einige Jahre ein Trainingsprotokoll ein, dem er den Namen The Bucket Game gab. Richtig bekannt wurde es erst 2015, als er es im Rahmen eines Seminars auf Sarah Fischers Tilley Farm vorstellte. Sarah twitterte im Anschluß des Seminars darüber und so gelangte es in die sozialen Medien und erlangte Bekanntheit im [...]

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KynoLogisch Science Series

So nah kommst Du an die Kynologie nirgends ran! Für alle, die Wissenschaft lieben: Forscherinnen und Forscher mit kynologischer Spezialisierung öffnen in unseren Webinaren für Euch live ihre Labortüren oder bereiten den aktuellsten Stand zu einzelnen Themen anhand der verfügbaren wissenschaftlichen Publikationen für Euch auf. Was wissen [...]

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