Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.

Culturo-Behavior Science for a Better World

October 7–9, 2020

Astor Crowne Plaza; New Orleans, Louisiana


Why are we not acting to save the world? Skinner asked this question in an address to the American Psychological Association in 1982 (see also Skinner, 1987). Nearly 40 years later, we are revisiting it at a time when we face extraordinary threats to our planet and its inhabitants from global warming; when populations around the world suffer from multiple systemic ills, such as extreme economic inequality; when public health systems have failed a great majority; when many people cannot access clean water or afford basic medical care; and when significant numbers die of preventable causes, including smoking, alcohol overconsumption, obesity, and prescription and illicit drug overdoses.

 

ABAI’s Culturo-Behavior Science Conference will explore why we are not acting to save the world in these domains and how we can help ensure a better future. We will bring together scientists across related disciplines to explore how can we contribute.

 

The conference will be at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the heart of the French Quarter, on Bourbon and Canal Streets. Streetcars stop in front of the hotel, providing easy access to many attractions, including nearly 200 dining options and live entertainment. Also explore the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State Museum, galleries, and eclectic stores. Nicknamed the "Big Easy," New Orleans is known for its nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and spicy cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African, and American cultures.

 

 

Skinner, B. F. (1982, August). Why we are not acting to save the world. Paper presented at the 90th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

 

Skinner, B. F. (1987). Why we are not acting to save the world. In Upon further reflection, (pp. 1–14). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

 

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