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BEHP1134: The Hard Problem of Consciousness: Its History in BA is a Course

BEHP1134: The Hard Problem of Consciousness: Its History in BA

Time limit: 60 days


Full course description

Time: 25 minutes 
Credit: This course does not provide BACB CEs.

Presenter: T. V. Joe Layng, Ph.D. 

Course Description: Provides a short introduction to talks by T.V. Joe Layng, Ph.D.  Florida Tech is providing this short talk free of charge to offer behavior analysts a preview of this distinguished behavior analyst. See other offered talks listed below.

          BEHP1132: Topical and Systemic Presentation 
          BEHP1133: Some Instructional Dos and Don'ts
          BEHP1135: Emotions and Emotional Behavior
          BEHP1136: Toward a Contingency Analytic Account of Private Experience

Contrary to “common wisdom,” behavior analysts have been tackling the problem of consciousness for some time. The effort began with Watson and was addressed by Skinner and Goldiamond, whose approaches share much in common with that of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. This history is traced and a behavior analytic approach described that provides a basis not only for behaviorist work, but for the neurosciences as well. 

  • Describe Skinner’s approach to the study of private experience.
  • Describe the role of instructional control in understanding private experience.
  • Explain the role of question-asking in the development of consciousness.
  • Explain how we can use the analogy of music in a stereo to help us locate consciousness.

Keywords: History, Goldiamond, Wittgenstein, Skinner, Watson, neuroscience, private events, emotions

Rating: This theoretical course is recommended for BCBAs and BCaBAs with background knowledge of the concepts and principles of behavior analysis.

Access: 60 days from the date and time of registration

Note: The 60-day access begins at the time of purchase, not the time of log in; purchasing multiple course subscriptions will not extend your access. 

Effective July 1, 2022, Florida Tech will no longer offer extensions for new purchases.  Purchases made prior to this date will be eligible for an extension per the previous policy:

Effective July 23, 2018, each ABA Learning (type-2) on-demand CE course may be extended a maximum of three times within six months of the original course purchase. After six months from the original date of purchase, the course will need to be purchased again. 


For more information, to request an extension, or if you experience problems when registering, please email us at

Important note:  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.

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)

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