Here you will find a timeline of the history of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis (EABA), from its beginnings in the late 1990's to the present.
Please enjoy this nostalgic look back at our history and feel free to send any suggestions for revisions to the EABA secretary.
93 attended the EABA summer school 2017
50% were from Spain, 22% from the USA, including some from Latin America. The rest were from the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, France, and Norway
In addition, 34 attended through the streaming facilities. Most of those were from Greece, some from Spain, Italy, Germany, and the USA
The first elections of the Hellenic Community of Behavior Analysis took place in November 26th, 2016
The first elections of the Hellenic Community of Behavior Analysis took place on November 26th, 2016 and the newly elected Board members are:
After the elections, the President appointed the Directors of the Committees of the Applied Science of Behaviour Analysis.The Committees and the Directors are:
The selection committee agreed on granting this year‘s awards to: 1) Anastasia Salma, a PhD student in Panteion University in Greece. Ms. Salma’s dissertation research is a conceptual and theoretical analysis of the effects of differential reinforcement of variability (VAR) schedules that emerged in an analysis of failures to generate desired levels of variability in autistic children. Ms. Salma will use the award to purchase experimental equipment, including a computer. 2) Ruth Kopperud, MA student at Oslo and Akershus University College. Ruth’s research focuses on methods to teach discrimination between benign and malignant melanoma. Ms Kopperud will use the award to get professional artists to design the necessary stimuli to be used in the discrimination training.
The board of EABA is very happy to announce that a three member election committee selected two awardees for the 2016 B. F. Skinner Foundation award. The award will be delivered at our upcoming bi-annual conference in Enna, Sicily. Each award is 500 euros.
EABA received a total of 5 applications, one for research in applied behavior analysis and four for experimental research, two of them can be regarded as translational research.
1) Anastasia Salma, a PhD student in Panteion University in Greece. Ms. Salma’s dissertation research is a conceptual and theoretical analysis of the effects of differential reinforcement of variability (VAR) schedules that emerged in an analysis of failures to generate desired levels of variability in autistic children. Ms. Salma will use the award to purchase experimental equipment, including a computer.
2) Ruth Kopperud, MA student at Oslo and Akershus University College. Ruth’s research focuses on methods to teach discrimination between benign and malignant melanoma. Ms Kopperud will use the award to get professional artists to design the necessary stimuli to be used in the discrimination training.
The committee and EABA board was very pleased to realize the numerous important and well designed research projects about to be executed by students of behavior analysis in Europe. The board looks forward to witnessing the growth of behavior analysis research in Europe."
Zuilma Gabriela Sigurðardóttir, Ph.D.
The 1st Summer School of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis took place on the beautiful island of Crete in the Hellenic Republic from July 6th to 17th. The local organization was a collaboration of the Departments of Psychology of the University of Crete and Panteion University of Athens, together with the Hellenic Community for Behavior Analysis.
The inaugural Summer School was composed of four 15-hour courses. The first week’s courses were taught by Ricardo Pellón of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Madrid and by Katerina Dounavi of Queens University Belfast. Pellón provided the enthusiastic “summerschoolers” with a systematic demonstration of the relevance of work in the experimental analysis of behaviour for clinical analysis and intervention by describing how his understanding of the nature and determinants of adjunctive behavior has changed over the course of nearly three decades of research, and how this understanding has lead to innova- tive intervention in phenomena such as exercise-induced anorexia and related forms of com- pulsive behavior. In the first week’s evening sessions, Katerina Dounavi amply demonstrated the power and elegance of a scientific analysis of verbal behavior and its effective application in enriching the family, school and social lives of individuals characterized by developmental delays. Week two saw a continuation of Pellón’s efforts to demonstrate the clinical relevance of basic experimental analysis, with Robert Mellon’s (aka Mellón) presentation of the implications of aversive control processes for understanding problematic “cognitive” phenomena such as thought-action fusion and catastrophic thinking. In the evening course, Christos Nikopoulos of Autism Consultancy Services, London and the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, treated his participants to a delightfully practical, hands-on course on developing curricula for persons with autism spectrum disorder utilizing functional analysis and video modelling.
The EABA Summer School’s courses were conducted in an atmosphere that was both intellectually rigorous and fun. The fun continued between classes, with a lively social program improvised by the summerschoolers themselves in collaboration with our Local Coordinator, impresario George Kandylis, who also arranged two delightful evenings of Cretan music and cuisine in the charming village of Koufi, as well as excursions to Episkopi Beach and to the spectacular Triopetra Beach on the Libyan Sea.
The EABA board wishes to express its gratitude to the 1st Summer School’s instructors who, in the interest of disseminating behavioral philosophy and its experimental and applied sciences, provided their excellent courses for our participants without monetary remuneration.
Discussions on the development of a European Association were continued at the first international ABAI Conference in Venice, Italy.
The initial goal of the EABA were:
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