Association for Behavior Analysis International

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41st Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2015

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B. F. Skinner Lecture Series Paper Session #169
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

CANCELLED: High Price: Putting Behavior and Social Consciousness in Psychology

Sunday, May 24, 2015
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
006AB (CC)
Area: BPH; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D.
Chair: Matthew W. Johnson (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
CARL HART (Columbia University)
Dr. Carl Hart is an associate professor at Columbia University. He is also a research scientist in the Division of Substance Abuse at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Hart also has published nearly 100 scientific articles in the area of neuropsychopharmacology. His recent book, High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society, was the 2014 winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award. Dr. Hart is a member of the U.S. National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse; he is also on the board of directors of the Drug Policy Alliance and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. He is the co-author of Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior, a leading college-level textbook on drugs and society.

This presentation will focus on how one can use data collected under carefully controlled conditions to inform drug abuse treatment and drug policy. Some consideration also will be given to the negative social and policy implications of using limited biologically based evidence collected by psychologists, especially so-called drug experts.

Target Audience:

Behavior analysts interested in the intersection between science and politics.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to: (1) understand the limitations of applying an exclusively biological approach to understanding drug effects and broader implications; 2) evaluate evidence in drug abuse research more critically; and (3) understand how to use data to improve society.
Keyword(s): dependence, drug use, policy, science



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