Association for Behavior Analysis International

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44th Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2018

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Workshop #W87
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Mobilizing Behavioral Science to Address Climate Change
Friday, May 25, 2018
4:00 PM–7:00 PM
Manchester Grand Hyatt, Harbor Ballroom G
Area: CSS/EAB; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Anthony Biglan, Ph.D.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute), MAGNUS JOHANSSON (Oslo Metropolitan University)
Description: Despite overwhelming evidence of the catastrophic consequences of accelerating climate change, very little effective research is being done on how to bring about widespread changes in people's behavior. The workshop will review the evidence regarding looming climate change. We will identify policies that could significantly contribute to reducing climate change. Then, the principles of interrupted time series experimental designs will be reviewed and we will discuss their relevance for addressing the problem of climate change. In essence, we will propose that a series of multiple baseline designs evaluating community wide strategies for getting communities to adopt effective policies could greatly increase our knowledge about how to bring about policy change in climate relevant behavior. We will attempt to organize those attending the workshop to create a network of behavior analysts from around the world who are experimentally evaluating strategies for affecting climate change.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: (1) describe the major threats to human wellbeing that are posed by climate change; (2) specify at least five policies that could have benefit in reducing greenhouse gas emissions; (3) create a plan for conducting experimental evaluations of community intervention strategies to get communities to adopt effective climate change policies.
Activities: The content of the workshop that we will present as described in other part of this submission. In each topic we will employ random calling procedures to ensure that participants are meaningfully involved in the group developing plans for research to greenhouse gas emissions. Of particular importance will be the segment of the workshop that asks groups of participants to develop concrete plans for advancing research on promoting effective climate change policy.
Audience: We believe that any person with training and behavior analysis would benefit from this workshop.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Behavior Change, Climate change;, Community Intervention;, Policy;



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