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    Brent M Jones PhD

    TitleResearch Associate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    AddressGPO Box U1987
    Perth WA 6845
    Phone508-856-4246
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        Academic Background

        B.Soc.Sci., University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1985
        M.Soc.Sci., University of Waikato, New Zealand, 1988
        Ph.D., University of Otago, New Zealand, 1992

        Current appointments:

        Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology & Speech Pathology , Curtin University
        Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
        Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of Massachusetts (Lowell)

        Research InterestsBrent Jones, Ph.D.,BCBA

        Dr. Jones's research involves a behavior-analytic approach to studying discrimination learning in individuals who have moderate to severe developmental disabilities such as mental retardation, Down’s syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). His work examines fundamental issues in the development and maintenance of stimulus control in a range of tasks requiring simple, conditional, simultaneous and/or successive discriminations between stimuli. Of particular recent interest has been mathematical modeling of interactive effects of reinforcement and stimulus parameters on stable-state performance of matching-to-sample tasks, and the stimulus control of observing behavior (i.e., attention) and of choice responding in those tasks. The overall aim of his research is to design more effective and more efficient methods of teaching to intellectually-disabled people some of those discriminations that typically-developing children seem to learn incidentally and as a result of being proficient members of a verbal community. By better understanding the conditions that support learning to either discriminate stimuli or treat them as equivalent, empirically-validated instructional methods can be developed.



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