Fall 2018

Presentation: Everyone

Paper reading: No paper reading.

Projects discussion: Every Lab member shall brifly present his or her research topic, as well as some suggested ideas and projects to develop further.

Notes: A great chance to get acquainted with our Lab and hear interesting theses opportunities!

Presentation: Marco Tagliabue

Paper readingBehaviorism and Control in the History of Economics and Psychology

Projects discussion:

Notes: The paper is also available for download on Research Gate

Presentation: Fabio Bento

Paper reading: Centola, D. (2011). An experimental study of homophily in the adoption of health behavior. Science, 334(6060), 1269-1272.

Projects discussion:

Notes:Presentation: Magnus Johansson

Paper reading:

Jones, S., Bailey, R., Brush, K., & Kahn, J. (2017). Kernels of Practice for SEL: Low-Cost, Low-Burden Strategies. Harvard Graduate School of Education. https://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/Documents/Kernels-of-Practice-for-SEL.pdf

Projects discussion: Introducing evidence-based kernels and their use in multiple contexts.

Notes: Recommended additional reading: Embry, D. D., & Biglan, A. (2008). Evidence-based Kernels: Fundamental Units of Behavioral Influence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 11(3), 75–113. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10567-008-0036-x

Presentation: Jan Wright

Paper reading: Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (1999). Unskilled and unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77(6), 1121-1134.

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Presentation: Melina Alini

Paper reading: Garrett, N., Lazzaro, S. C., Ariely, D., & Sharot, T. (2016). The brain adapts to dishonesty. Nature neuroscience19(12), 1727-1732.

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In this lab meeting, we will 1) listen to Kobla Agbota projects on corruption and welcome 2) Thais Guimarães, researcher from Brazil who is visiting/collaborating with us for a semester exchange.

1) Studies on corruption by Kobla:

Study 1. A Behavioral Contract as an Anti-Corruption Tool – An Experimental Analysis.

Study 2. Leaders as Anti-Corruption Role Models: The Ethical Diffusion Issue – A Public Goods Experiment.

2) Thais Guimarães presents her project (PhD candidate, UFPA under supervision of Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Z. Tourinho)

Theme: Cultural selection: Effects of negative punishment applied by external and internal agents to the interlocking

In this lab meeting, we will 1) listen to Sigridur Sigurjonsdottir project “How negative is negative reinforcement? ” and welcome 2) Carla Suarez, researcher from Brazil who is visiting/collaborating with us for a semester exchange.

1) How negative is negative reinforcement? by Sigridur:

Discussion, research and opinions on the terms positive and negative in behavior analysis.

2) Carla Suarez presents her project (PhD candidate, USP under supervision of dr. Marcelo Benvenuti)

Theme: Experimental history and the aversion to inequity: effects of nature and density of reinforcements.