Saturday, November 5, 2011

The Art and Science of Animal Training

ORCA is Proud to Announce:
The Art and Science of Animal Training
Fourth Annual Conference
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
March 10, 2012

Dear Friends:

We would like to invite you to join us for another fascinating conference to explore new concepts in animal training and the analysis of animal behavior. This conference is designed for anyone interested in animal training, from those just starting out to lifelong professionals.

Returning this year will be the ever popular wicked minds: Alexandra Kurland, Kay Laurence, Ken Ramirez, Steve and Jen White, Bob Bailey, and Dr. Jesús Rosales-Ruiz. We are also very excited to welcome back Phung Luu!
This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Joe Layng. The title of his talk is: How We Talk About and Teach What We Do. The abstract for his talk is as follows:

The relation between how we talk about training and what we actually do when training is of concern to animal trainers, particularly those who train the trainers. Procedures discovered in the laboratory have provided the basis for many training methods. However, the terminology used often creates confusion. In the laboratory, investigators restrict the conditions under which their subjects perform. Yet, the world outside may not be the same as the world inside the laboratory and may require differences in what we do and in the ways we communicate what we are doing. This presentation will describe some of the differences we encounter when we move from the laboratory to the real world and suggest some ways to talk about these differences when we are training animal trainers. The purpose of the presentation is to improve the training of trainers by pointing out these differences and showing effective instructional strategies for teaching trainers.

Registration for the conference is now open! To learn more and register please visit: ORCA: Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


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