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BEHP1207: The Ethics of Replacing Free Will with Behavioral Science

Time limit: 60 days
1 credit

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Time: 59 minutes
Credit: 1 Learning BACB CE (This course is not worth Ethics CEUs)
Price: $13.00

Presenters: Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D. (supervised by Jose Martinez-Diaz, Ph.D., BCBA-D).

Course Description: Covers the science of behavior and how it differs from other analyses of behavior. Discusses the fiction of free will and how this intrudes into teaching, leading to the use of punishment and its harmful effects. Also covers positive alternative approaches to teaching offered from behavioral science.


  • Compare explanations about causes of behavior from behavioral science to explanations from other analyses of behavior.
  • Understand how the concept of free will intrudes into teaching.
  • Learn the various harmful effects of punishment.
  • Understand the alternative approaches to teaching offered from behavioral science.

Keywords: Free will, applied behavior analysis, behavioral science, punishment

Rating: This course is recommended for anyone interested in the science of behavior, the concept of free will and its effect on education, and positive alternative approaches from behavioral science. 

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Important notes:  Your access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in.  Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech no longer offers extensions for CE courses; if you do not finish your course and need to repurchase, please contact us.  If you are taking this course to maintain your BACB certification, you will need to write your certification number on your certificate of completion, as the BACB requires that your certificate of completion includes your certification number.


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Refund Policy

No refunds are provided once the course is accessed.


These workshops are presented in partnership between the Florida Tech ABA Online program and ABA Technologies, Inc. ABA Technologies, Inc., is a BACB-approved provider of type-2 continuing education hours (provider number: OP-02-0023)