Relational Density in the Lab: Examining Resistance and Coherence, Disinformation and False Beliefs, and Other Translations with Dr. Jordan Belisle & Dr. Caleb Stanley

Dr. Jordan Belisle & Dr. Caleb Stanley

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to welcome Dr. Jordan Belisle, BCBA-D, and Dr. Caleb Stanley for a webinar Behavior Analysts! This session will focus on the topic of RFT and Relational Density Theory from the standpoint of current research.


Session Abstract:

There is a considerable gap between RFT research in the lab and the relational behavior that clinicians are observing in sessions and that people are observing in their world. RDT attempts to bridge the gap by exploring higher-order, self-organizing properties of relational framing from a theoretical quantitative lens that borrows from RFT and behavior momentum theory.

First, we will discuss emerging research on relational resistance, or the likelihood that behavior will change along with changes in the external world. Relational behavior that exhibits greater density (strength of relations) and volume (number of relations) (mass = volume * density) appears to be more resistant to changes in context. Second, we will discuss research on relational coherence by adopting gravity as a metaphor, where relational networks with greater mass are not only more likely to acquire coherent class members with very little training, but may also merge with entire networks to create complex networks (Force = Rm1 * Rm2 / Rdis). Throughout the presentation, we will discuss how these models allow for a functional analysis of relational framing and translational work underway to explore why people believe weird things (misinformation and disinformation) and implications for analyzing global issues such as climate change.

Learning Objectives: Participants at this event will

  1. Describe the concept of Relational Resistance
  2. Describe the concept of Relational Coherence
  3. Discuss how framing contributes to false beliefs and global issues

About the Presenters

Dr. Jordan Belisle, BCBA-D, is an associate professor at Missouri State University and founder of HUB Research Lab (Humans Understanding Behavior, graduate research lab) and co-developer of the LOTUS Project (applied engagement and dissemination), BEAR Lab (undergraduate research development laboratory), and DELTA Project (de-affiliated doctoral student support program). His research focuses on applying advanced models of human language and cognition in various applied settings, from supporting neurodivergent learners and developing mental health technologies (clinical behavior analysis), to social and climate justice initiatives. He has authored 2 books, Research Methods for the Practicing Behavior Analyst (Belisle, Stanley, & Dixon, 2021) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Behavior Analysts (Dixon, Hayes, & Belisle, 2023). Jordan has also published over 80 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters and co-authored over 200 presentations. This work represents the combined efforts of multiple student research assistants and international collaboration networks.

Dr. Caleb Stanley is a behavior analyst teaching in the Applied Behavior Analysis program at Utah Valley University. His primary area of expertise is concerned with understanding factors related to the development of complex language and cognition, specifically with individuals with autism.

With nearly a decade of clinical experience with individuals on the autism spectrum, Stanley has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and co-authored several chapters in his area of expertise. He graduated with a master’s and doctoral degrees in behavior analysis and therapy from Southern Illinois University.

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • 2.0 Learning BACB CEU’s (included with purchase)
  • $39.99 to attend single session, or $109.99 for the full series
    • Includes access to the recordings and presentation materials, with CEU’s.

For questions, challenges with registration, or any other needed information, please contact Dusty, Director of Continuing Education and ACE Coordinator for CBPI, LLC, at continuingeducation@connections-behavior.com.

Connections Behavior Planning & Intervention, LLC, is a BACB-Approved ACE Provider (Provider # OP-17-2781). The BACB does not directly sponsor or endorse this event, its speakers, or its content.

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