Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #79
PDS: A Discussion of New Books on Science Denial, Matching Risks with Rewards, and Ultra-Processed Food
Saturday, May 25, 2024
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Marriott Downtown, Level 3, Independence Ballroom
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Theory
Chair: Rita Olla (University of Nevada, Reno)
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University)
JONATHAN KRISPIN (Valdosta State University)

Behavior analysts working to address systemic social-cultural problems need a thorough understanding of the multi-level context in which the issue is embedded, knowledge that almost always is found in disciplines other than behavior analysis. This PDS panel, sponsored by Behaviorists for Social Responsibility SIG, brings to the attention of behavior analysts three new books of social importance, with the goal to both inform and prompt further interest in the target social problems. Each panelist will offer commentary on one book. Mark Alavosius will reflect on “The Parrot and the Igloo: Climate and the Science of Denial” by David Lipsky. Jonathan Krispin will discuss "Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Rich Rakos will comment on “Ultra-Processed People: The Science Behind Food That Isn't Food” by Chris van Tulleken. Each of the panelists will present a brief overview or summary of the book’s main thesis, identify its strengths, offer critiques, and suggest links with or relevance for behavior analysis and Culturo-Behavior Science. Panelists will limit their commentary to 10-12 minutes each, leaving time for panelist interaction and audience participation.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Behavior science, multidisciplinarity, sustainability



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