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.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

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Panel #128
CE Offered: BACB
Diversity submission Global Perspectives on the Need for Behavior-Based Cultural Evolution - Working Together
Sunday, May 28, 2023
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Mineral Hall D-G
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Henry S. Pennypacker, Ph.D.
Chair: Francisco Ignacio Perez (University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston School of Public Health)
HENRY S. PENNYPACKER (University of Florida)
NAOKO SUGIYAMA (Medical Safety Promotion Organization)
NEIL TIMOTHY MARTIN (Behavior Analyst Certification Board)

The panel discussion will encourage audience participation. Together, we will focus on how we can promote and cultivate prosocial behavior on a global scale as well as in our own communities. As John Lennon told us, “imagine all the people living life in peace.” Skinner (1973) educated us that the science of behavior plays a leading role in creating an environment where cultural evolutionary changes for the better can be selected. He urged us to act and apply our knowledge about human behavior to prevent a catastrophic future and secure a healthy world for those who follow us. To accomplish these objectives, the panel will address the need to conceptualize our mission and discuss the necessity for formal training in the cultural and evolutionary sciences so that behavior analysts can become proficient leaders that can educate their communities and promote the environment that will facilitate behavior change, such as increasing the frequency of prosocial behavior, that will be needed to live together in harmony, peace, and prosperity. This can be our gift to those who follow us!

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Board-certified behavior analysts and psychologists.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Understand and describe cultural evolution and the role of selection by consequences in the promotion of prosocial behavior; (2) describe the actions associated with prosocial behavior and be able to provide examples of prosocial actions; (3) recognize and describe the urgency to engineer our culture and become knowledgeable with the necessary tools and technologies for implementing a global cultural behavior based evolutionary process towards the greater good.
Keyword(s): Behavior Engineer, Cultural Evolution, Prevention Science, Prosocial Behavior



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