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The Science of Consequences: What We Share with Animals and Why It Matters Learning Theory with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

  • Wednesday, June 03, 2015
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Wednesday, June 03, 2020
  • 1:30 PM (EDT)
  • Recorded Webinar

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Presented by Susan M. Schneider, PhD

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CEUs: IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5


One of the themes of The Science of Consequences is the many common behavior principles that exist across species. 
Those similarities apply for complex as well as basic principles, in the mathematical models that describe behavior, and in the underlying neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.  Animal trainers are well aware of many of these commonalities, and have helped expand our knowledge of them.

This talk will survey the current status of a variety of these shared features, such as unusual consequences, signals, biological bases, enrichment, choice, and communication.  An "interacting systems" approach is taken, and a wide variety of species is covered.  Exploring the full range of what we share offers mutual benefits for animal trainers and for science.

Webinar Objectives


  • To describe how similarly learning from consequences (technically, operant behavior principles) works across species, including for our pets.  At the end of the talk, participants will
    • Appreciate how widespread basic operant learning principles are
    • Understand a few basics about how these principles interact with neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.
    • Includes unusual consequences, choice, delays, enrichment, biological bases, an introduction to complex behavior, and other topics.

About The Presenter


Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

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