Episode 81 - Healthy Food

Snacking sure is great. But, snacking isn’t usually the healthiest choice available. Since chiding people to eat better doesn’t seem to be cutting down the worldwide obesity epidemic, it looks like we’ll need behavior analysis to save the day. What does the research tell us about food preferences and promoting healthy food choices at a young age? And is there any way that we could make the whole thing some big, fun game? This podcast comes with and without cheese. You know you’re choosing the one with cheese.

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Articles discussed this episode:

Stark, L.J., Collins, Jr., F.L., Osnes, P.G., & Stokes, T.F. (1986). Using reinforcement and cueing to increase healthy snack food choices in preschoolers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 19, 367-379. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1986.19-367

Zonneveld, K.L.M., Neidert, P.L., Dozier, C.L, Gureghian, D.L., & Bayles, M.W. (2019). Assessing factors that influence young children’s food preferences and choices. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 240-257. doi: 10.1002/jaba.521

Jones, B.A., Madden, J.G., Wengreen, H.J., Aguilar, S.S., Desjardins, E.A. (2014). Gamification of dietary decision-making in an elementary-school cafeteria. PLoS ONE, 9, e93872. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093872

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April 2019 Preview

Spring has sprung here at ABA Inside Track and a new garden of topics have grown into this months trio of podcasts. First, we take a look at what goes into making healthy food choices and how a space opera might be the key to battling obesity. Then we meet with special guest, Dr. Rocio Rosales, to discuss how to train individuals with ASD to improve job interview skills. Finally, we pull out the ol’ grab bag for another round of dog articles, good behavior games, and concurrent operant assessments.

Don’t forget, to celebrate Autism Awareness Month, all throughout April, a portion of proceeds from CE processing fees will be donated to the New England Center for Children, a globally acknowledged school for individuals with autism and a home of research and training in the field of behavior analysis. Pick up some CEs and donate to a worthy cause. It’s win-win!

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Articles for April 2019:

Healthy Food

Stark, L.J., Collins, Jr., F.L., Osnes, P.G., & Stokes, T.F. (1986). Using reinforcement and cueing to increase healthy snack food choices in preschoolers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 19, 367-379. doi: 10.1901/jaba.1986.19-367

Zonneveld, K.L.M., Neidert, P.L., Dozier, C.L, Gureghian, D.L., & Bayles, M.W. (2019). Assessing factors that influence young children’s food preferences and choices. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 240-257. doi: 10.1002/jaba.521

Jones, B.A., Madden, J.G., Wengreen, H.J., Aguilar, S.S., Desjardins, E.A. (2014). Gamification of dietary decision-making in an elementary-school cafeteria. PLoS ONE, 9, e93872. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093872

Interview Skills

O’Neill, J. & Rehfeldt, R.A. (2017). Computerized behavioral skills training with selection-based instruction and lag reinforcement schedules for responses to interview questions. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 17, 42-54. doi: 10.1037/bar0000043

Smith, M.J., Ginger, E.J., Wright, K., Wright, M.A., Taylor, J.L., Humm, L.B., Olsen, D.E., Bell, M.D., & Fleming, M.F. (2014). Virtual reality job interview training in adults with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 2450-2463. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2113-y

Stocco, C.S., Thompson, R.H., Hart, J.M., & Soriano, H.L. (2017). Improving the interview skills of college students using behavioral skills training. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 50, 495-510. doi: 10.1002/jaba.385

Rosales, R. & Whitlow, H. (2019). A component analysis of job interview training for young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral Interventions, 1-16. doi: 10.1002/bin.1658

Grab Bag VII

Robinson, E.S., Desrochers, M., & Napolitano, D.A. (2019). Concurrent operant preference assessment to identify social consequences to decrease task latency for adolescents with dual diagnosis. Behavioral Interventions, 34, 52-61. doi: 10.1002/bin.1648

Groves, E.A. & Austin, J.L. (2019). Does the good behavior game evoke negative peer pressure? Analyses in primary and secondary classrooms. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 52, 3-16. doi: 10.1002/jaba.513

Tyner, S., Brewer, A., Helman, M., Leon, Y., Pritchard, J., & Schulnd, M. (2016). Nice doggie! Contact desensitization plue reinforcement decreases dog phobias for children with autism. Behavior Analysis in Practice, 9, 54-57. doi: 10.1007/s40617-016-0113-4