Symposium on contemporary findings in noncontingent reinforcement (NCR)

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The Munster Behaviour Analyst Forum will hold the first, in what we hope will become a series of symposia on contemporary topics in the behaviour analytic literature.  The event will attract 2.5 CEU and will be free to members of the forum.

The first of these events will be held on the 22 March at 6:30 pm in Limerick.

Attending participants are required to select two articles on the topic of NCR, published in the Journal of Applied Behaviour Analysis (JABA) between 2016 / 2017 (listed below).  To find these articles, login into your BACB account and go to the resources tab.

From the beginning of 2016 to date (March 2018) five articles from JABA have investigated the use of NCR as a treatment for varying forms of challenging behaviour.

On signing up, participants will select 2 of the 5 identified articles from JABA.  Each participant will be asked to come prepared to provide a verbal report on the content of each of their selected articles and to answer questions from other participants.  Following this, a discussion on the topic of NCR will be facilitated/chaired by the identified facilitator.  The facilitator will ensure that each participant contributes to the discussion.  At a minimum the facilitator will prompt participants to discuss the following topics;

  1. What is NCR?
  2. How does NCR differ from DRO?
  3. Is NCR conceptually systematic, i.e. is it possible to have a response that is ‘noncontingent’?
  4. What is the ‘file drawer effect’ and how does it relate to this discussion of NCR?
  5. What are the common criticisms of NCR and have they been satisfactorily addressed in the present articles?


DeRosa, N., Roane, H., Bishop, J. and Silkowski, E. (2016). The combined effects of noncontingent reinforcement and punishment on the reduction of rumination. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49(3), pp.680-685.

Fritz, J., Jackson, L., Stiefler, N., Wimberly, B. and Richardson, A. (2017). Noncontingent reinforcement without extinction plus differential reinforcement of alternative behaviour during treatment of problem behaviour. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(3), pp.590-599.

Phillips, C., Iannaccone, J., Rooker, G. and Hagopian, L. (2017). Noncontingent reinforcement for the treatment of severe problem behaviour: An analysis of 27 consecutive applications. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(2), pp.357-376.

Saini, V., Fisher, W. and Pisman, M. (2017). Persistence during and resurgence following noncontingent reinforcement implemented with and without extinction. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50(2), pp.377-392.

Saini, V., Greer, B., Fisher, W., Lichtblau, K., DeSouza, A. and Mitteer, D. (2016). Individual and combined effects of noncontingent reinforcement and response blocking on automatically reinforced problem behaviour. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 49(3), pp.693-698.

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