2009: Carlos Cancado

West Virginia University 

Under Dr. Andy Lattal’s supervision, Carlos has been conducting research on the effects of response-independent events on behavior and on extinction-induced resurgence. He has been analyzing the effects of different proportions of response-independent events on responding maintained by variable and fixed-interval schedules of reinforcement. The experimental analysis of resurgence has been his main goal; it establishes a context to understand a basic behavioral principle and to clarify aspects involved in more complex behavior, such as problem solving and novel behavior. Carlos has been studying the variables that determine the resurgence of temporal patterns of responding. This project is directly related to Carlos’s interests in understanding and contributing to historical and philosophical issues in behavior analysis, especially selectionism, and the relation of behavior analytic theory and practice to other biological sciences.


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