Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility

ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Presents: ABA, VB, RFT and LOL: A Behavior Analytic Account of Teaching Humor Comprehension


Please scroll down for more information about this workshop.
Please read through our documentation carefully. No refunds or transfers are granted if you do not meet continuing education credit or professional development requirements.

This product is currently out of stock and unavailable.

For the best experience you should use the following:

  • Zoom: The most current version of Zoom.
  • Device: A desktop or laptop computer, a Chromebook, or a recent version of a tablet device.
  • Browser: An updated version of Chrome or Firefox. | DO NOT use Safari or Internet Explorer
  • A high-speed internet connection.

To improve your experience:

  • Feel free to use the screen reader and other accessibility options provided to you. To explore these options click on the floating User Way icon found on the left side of the website or press CTRL + U.
  • Turn on closed captioning when viewing the live event or the recordings.

Event Information

We Are Excited for the May 2022

ABACLive Cambridge Center Series Webinar Presented By

Marianne L. Jackson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 | Time: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time

In 2022, the recording of all ABACLive Webinars and Workshops are accessible to those that register for the live event for 2-weeks. Continuing education credit and professional development requirements must be met within that two-week window.
Recording closes  5/18/22 at 11:59 pm eastern (New York)  | You must register prior to the LIVE event to have access to the recording. Recording closes 14 days after the LIVE webinar.

Cancellation, Missed Webinar, and Grievance Policies | Accessibility


Humor comprehension and joke telling are important aspects of an individual's behavioral repertoire. They have social benefits and various health benefits and improvements in this repertoire may lead to positive outcomes in these areas. Professionals interested in the behavioral conceptualization of humor and how humor can be taught, benefit from instruction in the analysis of humor as a response and an examination of the behavioral repertoires that are relevant to humor comprehension. At the end of the presentation, audience members should be able to explain the behavioral components involved in humor comprehension of simple double-meaning jokes and describe a procedure to teach these skills.

Target Audience:  Professionals interested in the behavioral conceptualization of humor and how humor can be taught.  Professionals for whom the topic is within their scope of practice. We welcome students and others who are also interested in the topic to join us.


By the end of this event participants should be able to

1. Participants will identify one socially valid reason to improve humor comprehension.
2. Participants will select the behavioral components of double meaning jokes.
3. Participants will identify ways to measure humor comprehension and appreciation.
4. Participants will identify a three-step prompting strategy for teaching comprehension of double-meaning jokes.


Dr. Jackson received her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Psychology (with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis) from the University of Nevada Reno. She is currently a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Fresno where she serves as the director of the Master’s program in Applied Behavior Analysis and as the clinical director of ABA Services at Fresno State. Her research interests include complex social skills including humor, perspective-taking, safety skills, the motivational functions of verbal behavior, and interventions to increase health and fitness behaviors. Dr. Jackson has served on the ABAI executive council, the CalABA Board of Directors, and as an advisor to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. In 2011, she was selected as the PsiChi Faculty of the Year, in 2014 was named as one of the Provost’s Outstanding New Faculty, and in 2017 received a Distinguished Faculty Service award from the College of Science and Mathematics. While at Fresno State, she has secured grants and contracts totaling over $6 million. She presents regularly at state and national conferences and has provided teaching, training, and clinical services in the countries of Scotland, Ireland, Jordan, Bosnia, and Georgia.


Drs. Jackson receives no royalties and have no conflict of interests. Proceeds from the purchase of the book authored by the presenters goes to the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies to promote the science of behavior in solving our behavior problems and enhancing our culture.


    • Behavior Analysts earn 3 CEUs (Learning): LIVE & RECORDING
    • Not eligible for NBCC, APA, AOTA, or ASWB credit hours. You may download a certificate of attendance if your profession is not represented.

Additional Information

  • You must attend the entire event to receive credit.
  • Must submit all attendance codes and pass the post-test (see Expected Learning Outcomes).
  • For ABAC's continuing education approvals statements please view our Continuing Education page.


After attending this event, attendees will select the correct answer on 80% of the questions within 3 attempts of the post-test that assesses the 4 learning objectives for this 3 hour event.


12:00 pm: Introduction: Welcome, Requirements to earn continuing education, Presenter Bio
12:05 pm: Presentation Begins
1:30 pm: First break
1:40 pm: First Q&A session
1:50 pm: Webinar resumes
2:45 pm: Second Q&A session
3:00 pm: CE requirements, evaluation, check out, certificate of completion"