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    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 2:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 26, 2024
    • 3:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    Given how behaviorists, ethologists, neuroscientists and veterinarians often get into conflict, this talk discusses how our cognitive biases impact knowledge acquisition. Cognitive biases makes us reject information that we should accept, and accept information that we should reject. In this talk, the presenter will discuss a handful of them:

    • The curse of knowledge.

    • Authority bias.

    • The illusory truth effect.

    • The availability cascade.

    • Tribal epistemology.

    • Confirmation bias.

    • The Semmelweiss effect.

    • The backfire effect.

    • Reactance.

    • The Dunning-Kruger effect.

    The aim of this session is to open attendees’ minds more to how biases come about and how problematic this is – and facilitate those difficult discussions with people who have other backgrounds.

    Level of difficulty: Beginner - Intermediate (not difficult concepts but to many people a lot of new terms, maybe)


      About Your Presenter

            


      Dr. Karolina Westlund

      Prof. Karolina Westlund helps pet parents and animal professionals attain happier animals that thrive in the care of humans. She grew up pining for a kitten and pestered her parents until they finally gave in. The resulting black, green-eyed, half-Siamese cat she got for her seventh birthday became a true friend who lived to be 21 years old but was an easily startled cat who often went into hiding when there were visitors. She had grand ideas about becoming a field biologist, but instead she majored in ethology and developed a passionate interest in animal welfare as seen through a multidisciplinary lens, including behaviour analysis and affective neuroscience. She is now an associate professor of ethology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where she mainly teaches about how behavior management can be used to improve animal welfare. She also conducts live seminars, free online webinars and masterclasses in addition to more extensive courses, as well as the occasional scientific publication on the topic of enrichment, animal training and well-being.
      • Saturday, October 30, 2021
      • 2:00 PM
      • Wednesday, October 30, 2024
      • 3:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

      Classical conditioning is important to understand for anyone interacting with animals. This session will examine and discuss practical examples of:

      • The matter of order.
      • Blocking.
      • Overshadowing.
      • Respondent extinction.
      • Spontaneous recovery.
      • Pre-exposure.
      • Learned irrelevance.
      • Latent inhibition.

      In the session, the presenter will discuss how these learning mechanisms impacts animals’ emotional states, decision making and behavior – and how we can best harness them.

      Level of difficulty: Advanced


      About Your Presenter

            


      Dr. Karolina Westlund

      Prof. Karolina Westlund helps pet parents and animal professionals attain happier animals that thrive in the care of humans. She grew up pining for a kitten and pestered her parents until they finally gave in. The resulting black, green-eyed, half-Siamese cat she got for her seventh birthday became a true friend who lived to be 21 years old but was an easily startled cat who often went into hiding when there were visitors. She had grand ideas about becoming a field biologist, but instead she majored in ethology and developed a passionate interest in animal welfare as seen through a multidisciplinary lens, including behaviour analysis and affective neuroscience. She is now an associate professor of ethology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where she mainly teaches about how behavior management can be used to improve animal welfare. She also conducts live seminars, free online webinars and masterclasses in addition to more extensive courses, as well as the occasional scientific publication on the topic of enrichment, animal training and well-being.
      • Thursday, November 04, 2021
      • 2:00 PM
      • Monday, November 04, 2024
      • 3:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

      In this session, the presenter will go over some of the ways she sees good trainers tweak their shaping sessions using completely different strategies depending on context. She will discuss:

      • Why the 80% rule is problematic.

      • Bold shaping.

      • Cautious shaping – pingponging.

      • How the 10 Laws of Shaping evolved into the Modern Principles of Shaping.

      • Some common shaping mistakes – and how to address them.

      Shaping is the sharpest tool in the animal trainer’s box…theoretically. Practically, it can be hard to execute, and many trainers get stuck. Hopefully, this lecture will provide you with some ideas of how to get unstuck.

      Level of difficulty: Intermediate


      About Your Presenter

            


      Dr. Karolina Westlund

      Prof. Karolina Westlund helps pet parents and animal professionals attain happier animals that thrive in the care of humans. She grew up pining for a kitten and pestered her parents until they finally gave in. The resulting black, green-eyed, half-Siamese cat she got for her seventh birthday became a true friend who lived to be 21 years old but was an easily startled cat who often went into hiding when there were visitors. She had grand ideas about becoming a field biologist, but instead she majored in ethology and developed a passionate interest in animal welfare as seen through a multidisciplinary lens, including behaviour analysis and affective neuroscience. She is now an associate professor of ethology at the University of Stockholm, Sweden where she mainly teaches about how behavior management can be used to improve animal welfare. She also conducts live seminars, free online webinars and masterclasses in addition to more extensive courses, as well as the occasional scientific publication on the topic of enrichment, animal training and well-being.




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