CBPI Article Club #3: Relational Density Theory with Dr. Jordan Belisle, BCBA-D

Dr. Jordan Belisle, BCBA-D

Connections Behavior Planning and Intervention is excited to announce the return of Dr. Jordan Belisle, BCBA-D, to review and discuss his recent publication, Relational Density Theory: Nonlinearity of Equivalence Relating Examined through Higher-Order Volumetric-Mass-Density, as the topic for our 3rd Article Club meeting! This event is free to attend.


For this event, Dr. Belisle will summarize the findings from this research and discuss them with attendees. Q&A time will be an important part of the event, too, so come prepared with your questions about the reading!

Article Abstract: “We propose relational density theory, as an integration of stimulus equivalence and behavioral momentum theory, to predict the nonlinearity of equivalence responding of verbal humans. Consistent with Newtonian classical mechanics, the theory posits that equivalence networks will demonstrate the higher order properties of density, volume, and mass. That is, networks containing more relations (volume) that are stronger (density) will be more resistant to change (i.e., contain greater mass; mass = volume * density). Data from several equivalence experiments that are not easily interpreted through existing accounts are described in terms of the theory, generating predictable results in most cases. In addition, we put forward the higher-order properties of relational acceleration and gravity, which follow directly from the theory and may inspire future researchers to evaluate the seemingly self-organizing nature of human cognition. Finally, we conclude by describing avenues for real-world translation, considering past research interpreted through relational density theory, and call for basic experimental research to validate and extend core theoretical assumptions.”

About the Presenter

Dr. Jordan Belisle is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Assistant Professor at Missouri State University. As a third year professor, Belisle has published over 45 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, applying advances in our understanding of human language and cognition to improve the lives of people. This work has included research on neurological disabilities such as autism as well as behavioral addictions and applications of behavior science to solve climate change. Since joining the faculty at Missouri State University, Belisle’s work has focused on developing new models of human language learning, including Relational Density Theory, that describes the apparent self-organization of relational verbal behavior. His research lab seeks to provide research opportunities for students and to collaborate at an international scale with practitioners looking to infuse science within practice. Behavior Analysis tomorrow cannot be the same as yesterday.

Learning Objectives

Participants at this event will:

  1. Describe the potential limitations of the Matching Law and Behavioral Momentum Theory
  2. Define and describe Relational Density Theory

CEU’s included, and Cost to Attend:

  • Free to attend
    • Includes access to the recording and presentation materials and 1.0 BACB CEU certificate

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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