Dr. William J. McIlvane directs a broad research program that addresses a variety of
scientific problems relevant to understanding and perhaps correcting behavior deficits of
persons with neurodevelopmental disabilities. One focus of his research addresses
symbolic behaviors involved in communication (speaking, listening, reading, writing,
etc.); adapting behavioral neuroscience methods to further understanding of the brain
processes involved, and developing methods to encourage progressively more rapid learning
of symbolic behaviors. Another focus of Dr. Mcllvane's research program is to
develop valid nonverbal neuropsychological testing methods for use with individuals and
populations that do not understand verbal instructions. Methods developed in this aspect
of his research have been adapted to further understanding of the behavioral profiles
associated with disorders such as autism, depression, and neurotoxicant exposure. In
addition, Dr. Mcllvane's program has a strong research-to-practice emphasis. For
example, methods emerging from laboratory research are being used to teach practical
skills in regular and special education classrooms in both the United States and in
Brasil. 

Articles

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Stimulus control in a go/no-go procedure with compound stimuli with pigeons (with Heloisa Cursi Campos, Paula Debert, and Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf), Behavioural processes (2015)
 

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Discrimination and Reversal Learning by Toddlers Aged 15-23 Months (with Naiara Minto de Sousa and Maria Stella Coutinho de Alcantara Gil), The Psychological record (2015)
 

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"Look who's talking!" Gaze Patterns for Implicit and Explicit Audio-Visual Speech Synchrony Detection in Children With High-Functioning Autism. (with Ruth B. Grossman, Erin Steinhart, and Teresa V. Mitchell), Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research (2015)
 

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Generalized Identity Matching to Sample after Multiple-Exemplar Training in Capuchin Monkeys (with Ana Leda Brino, Olavo F. Galvao, Carlos R. F. Picanco, Romariz S. Barros, Carlos B. A. Souza, and Paulo R. K. Goulart), The Psychological record (2014)
 

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Blank-comparison matching-to-sample reveals a false positive symmetry test in a capuchin monkey (with Ana Leda de Faria Brino, Rodolfo da Silva Campos, and Olavo de Faria Galvao), Psychology and neuroscience (2014)
 

Contributions to Books

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Simple and Complex Discrimination Learning, APA handbooks in psychology. APA handbook of behavior analysis, vol. 2: Translating principles into practice (2013)
 

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Some Current Dimensions of Translational Behavior Analysis: From Laboratory Research to Intervention for Persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders (with William V. Dube, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Richard W. Serna, Romariz da Silva Barros, and Olavo F. Galvao), Behavioral Foundations of Effective Autism Treatment (2010)
 

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Behavior-Analytic Experimental Strategies and Motivational Processes in Persons with Mental Retardation (with William V. Dube), Mental Retardation, Personality, and Motivational Systems (2006)
 

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The Search for Relational Learning Capacity in Cebus apella: A Programmed "Educational" Approach (with Romariz S. Barros and Olavo F. Galvao), Visual Information Processing (2003)