Scholarly publications

Includes peer reviewed journals within and adjacent to behavior analysis
(Starred journals available to BCBAs through the BACB portal)

Behavior Analysis in Practice
Volume 16, issue 4, December 2023 (30 articles, 2 open access)
Most intriguing : The Basics of CBM: What BCBAs Need to Know
December 2022 issue of BAIP now free to view 

12/26 Donnelly, M.G., Karsten, A.M. Resolving Barriers to Continence for Children with Disabilities: Steps Toward Evidence-Based Practice. Behav Analysis Practice (2023).
(Open access) A discussion of barriers to urinary continence training, and suggestions for treatment

Behavioral Interventions *
12/25 Mattson, S. L., Spinks, H. M., Joslyn, P. R., Spinks, E. M., & Moore, T. F. (2023). Latency measurement in functional analysis and treatment of behaviors targeted for reduction. Behavioral Interventions, e1997.
A literature review of latency FAs (latency to problem behavior implies response strength) finds 29 papers and summarizes findings

Behavior Modification *
12/24 Roberts, G. J., Lindström, E. R., Watts, G. W., Coté, B., & Ghosh, E. (2023). The Engaged Learners Program: Effects on Student Engagement During Small Group Reading Instruction. Behavior Modification, 0(0).
A feasibility test of an extra program for remedial reading students in grades 3-5

Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior *
12/26 Watson, P., Thrailkill, E. A., Corbit, L. H., & Bouton, M. E. (2023). Introduction to the special issue: Goal direction and habit in operant behavior. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–5.
This is a fascinating summary of the underpinnings of several studies in JEAB: operant behavior is either goal-directed or habitual, and one of the most interesting aspects of this distinction is that habitual behavior can be insensitive to contingencies. This distinction has important meaning for practictioners -- habitual behaviors may be resistant to change 

Hayashi, Y. (2023). Problematic mobile phone use as impulsive choice: Development and empirical verification of a reinforcer-pathology model. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–12.
Problematic mobile phone use is suggested as a delay-discounting issue; a review of data supports this assertion; and treatment is suggested

12/27 Camerer, C., Xin, Y., & Zhao, C. (2023). A neural autopilot theory of habit: Evidence from consumer purchases and social media use. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–15.
A model suggests that low "doubt" about rewards leads to habitual behavior, whereas larger doubt (error) produces goal-directed behavior 

Bouton, M. E. (2023). Habit and persistence. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 1–9.
(Open access) An interesting take: the author suggests that habits are not stronger or more persistent, but merely more efficient

Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions *
12/30 Small, J. W., Frey, A., Zhang, B., Walker, H. M., & Feil, E. G. (2023). Maintenance Effects for Preschool Students Participating in First Step Next. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions, 0(0).
Preschool teachers used a program which appears to target the following problem areas: "(a) the escalation of conflicts with students with challenging behavior, (b) failure to anticipate and defuse problem situations, (c) unclear communication of behavioral expectations, and (d) unskilled use of teacher directives"

The Analysis of Verbal Behavior
Volume 39, issue 2, December 2023 (5 articles, 0 open access)
Most intriguing: Do NOT Read this Article: the Effects of Autoclitics and Nudge on Choosing

The Psychological Record
12/27 Jacobs, K.W., King, J.E. & Dowdy, A. Disequilibrium as Determinant of Reinforcement and Punishment Effects: A Replication. Psychol Rec (2023).
This study is a replication/extension of a 1978 study on the relativity of reinforcement. It seems to conclude that a single stimulus, depending on magnitude, can be a reinforcer or punisher for a given behavior

Journal of Behavioral Education
Volume 32, issue 4, December 2023 (10 articles, 1 open access)
Most intriguing: A Review of Second Language Acquisition in Verbal Behavior Analysis

European Journal of Behavior Analysis
Volume 24, Issue 1-2 (2023) (10 articles, 3 open access)
Most intriguing: An assessment of the qualities and behaviors of exemplary practitioners: Perspectives from international and award-winning behavior analysts

Perspectives on Behavior Science
Volume 46, Issue 3-4, December 2023 (10 articles, 2 open access)
Most intriguing: Contrasting Accounts of Early Speech Perception and Production

REBAC: The Brazilian Journal of Behavior Analysis
v. 19, no. 2 (2023) (15 articles)
Most intriguing: Behavioral strategies used by speech therapists to teach verbal behavior to individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder


ABA Inside Track
Bonus Episode 32 - The Year in ABA (2023)

Behavioral Observations
Same episode posted on ABA Inside Track


Generally these are produced by professionals

One Book for One Science: A Review of Roane et al.’s (2024). Behavior Analysis: Translational Perspectives and Clinical Practice.
Tom Critchfield likes the book, and thinks it may be a grad-level text

I Need Your Help Defining “Something Interesting” for 2024
Tom Critchfield needs YOUR HELP (writing blogs)

Licensing & professional organizations

December newsletter
Includes details of the 2026 RBT job task analysis, test outline, 40 hour training outline, and recert requirements (a crosswalk is included); also includes a timeline of upcoming BCBA certification requirements

Business world

Autism services, behavioral health, etc.

TRICARE Falls Short On Behavioral Health Accessibility Goals
Based on this article, TRICARE violates mental health parity law for behavioral health services. There oughta be a law.

Accidentally behavior analysis

A mainstream news article that relates to behavior analysis

Florida Woman Sues Hershey’s Chocolates for Misleading Packaging, The Daily Beast
Sometimes you want people to do what they say they’re going to do. In children, this might need to be explicitly taught. It is called correspondence training.

Continuing education


BehaviorLive has a list of events, some of which are free: 1/16, 1/17, 1/18, 1/31