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Student Community Service, Shelter Dogs and Operant Conditioning: A triple Win.
Dr. Valerie Farmer-Dougan, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology will give a presentation entitled, “Student Community Service, Shelter Dogs and Operant Conditioning: A triple Win”, at the University Club at 4:30 p.m. Friday January 25 in the Founders Suite in the Bone Student Center.
The collaboration between the Illinois State University Canine Behavior and Cognition Laboratory and Pet Central Helps Animal Rescue and Shelter will be described. This collaboration has three major goals: 1. Providing an interactive teaching laboratory for students to practice and apply theories of learning, particularly operant and classical conditioning; 2. Providing consultation, training and development of behavior intervention programs for dogs in foster care or recently adopted from a local shelter; and 3. Providing students with a unique environment for applied research in canine behavior in shelter environments. A unique adaptation of an advanced operant conditioning laboratory will be described, the impact on the shelter dogs will be highlighted, and several student-driven research projects examining the effectiveness of reward and training will be presented. Finally, the talk will describe the pitfalls as well as important advantages of developing programs such as this through town-gown collaborations.
All faculty, staff, annuitants and ISU community members are welcome to join us at the University Club from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this Friday in the Founders Suite in the Bone Student Center. You need not be a University Club member to attend. Additional information about U-Club events and activities can be found at our website. Continued program support is provided by the Office of the ISU Provost and President. In addition, snacks and liquid refreshments are available at each meeting.
If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer at http://uclub.illinoisstate.edu/.