Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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Invited Panel #299
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
A Discussion With the 2015 Presidential Scholar, Dr. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy
Monday, May 25, 2015
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Lila Cockrell Theatre (CC)
Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Linda J. Parrott Hayes (University of Nevada, Reno)
Discussant: Sarah Hrdy (University of California-Davis professor emerita)
CE Instructor: Linda J. Parrott Hayes, Ph.D.
Panelists: SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas), INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences), FRANCES K. MCSWEENEY (Washington State University)

The aim of this panel is provide an opportunity for commentary on and discussion of the works of Dr. Sarah Blaffer Hrdy as a follow-up to her address as the 2015 Presidential Scholar. Dr. Hrdy's scholarly works pertain to intellectual domains of considerable relevance to the behavior analytic community, including anthropology, primatology and evolutionary theory. Of particular interest to our members are her views on the nature of motherhood and its role in the evolution of the human species, including the evolutionary origins of empathy and mutual understanding. The panelists will offer behavior analytic commentary on various features of Dr. Hrdy's views as presented in her address and other works, with opportunity for discussion with the author.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Psychologists, behavior analysts, practitioners, and graduate students.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) discuss the nature of motherhood and its role in the evolution of the human species, including the evolutionary origins of empathy and mutual understanding; (2) discuss the psychological implications of humankind’s long legacy of shared child-rearing; and (3) discuss the reproductive and parental investment strategies of both human and nonhuman primates.
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
Dr. Sigrid Glenn's passionate commitment to the future of behavior analysis has resulted in numerous contributions to her chosen field. She has co-authored four books and more than 45 articles and book chapters. Although her early research was mainly in applied areas, she is widely recognized for her later conceptual work on selection at behavioral and cultural levels. As founding chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, Dr. Glenn established master's and bachelor's degree programs in behavior analysis, leading the faculty in the first accreditation of a graduate program by ABAI. With characteristic prescience about important developments in the field, Dr. Glenn, a charter certificant of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), also led the faculty in developing the first Internet sequence of behavior analysis courses approved by the BACB. Dr. Glenn has served as editor of The Behavior Analyst and on the editorial boards of several other journals. She is a former president of ABAI (1993-1994), a fellow of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and Regents Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.
INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences)
Dr. Ingunn Sandaker is a professor and program director of the Master and Research Program Learning in Complex Systems at Oslo and Akershus University College. She also initiated the development of the first Ph.D. program in behavior analysis in Norway. She has been the program director since it was established in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 at the University of Oslo with a grant from the Foundation for Research in Business and Society (SNF) at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH). Her thesis was a study on the systemic approach to major changes in two large companies; one pharmaceutical company and one gas and petroleum company. During preparations for the Olympic games in Sydney, Australia, and Nagano, Japan, she was head of evaluation of a program aiming at extending female participation in management and coaching and assisting the Norwegian Olympic Committee’s preparations for the games. For a number of years, Dr. Sandaker worked as an adviser on management training and performance in STATOIL and Phillips Petroleum Co. in  Norway. She also was project manager for Railo International who in cooperation with the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration ran a project preparing the electricity supply system in Norway for marked deregulations. Serving as a consultant on top level management programs in Norwegian energy companies, her interest has been focused on performance management within a systems framework. Trying to combine the approaches from micro-level behavior analysis with the perspective of learning in complex systems, and cultural phenomena, she is interested in integrating complementary scientific positions with the behavior analytic conceptual framework.  
FRANCES K. MCSWEENEY (Washington State University)
Dr. McSweeney has made significant empirical and theoretical contributions in the experimental analysis of short term changes in reinforcer effectiveness and has demonstrated the generality of her findings across species and conditions. Her work exemplifies the power of programmatic behavior analytic research on basic behavioral processes, and the value to the larger scientific community of such research, as evidenced by support she has received from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Dr. McSweeney has published more than 100 articles in a broad range of very high quality journals. She has also served multiple appointments on several editorial boards and as president of ABAI. Her scholarly achievements have been recognized both within her university and within her discipline by many honors and awards including Washington State University's Eminent Faculty Award.
Keyword(s): evolutionary theory, motherhood



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