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.


50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #355
Diversity submission Significance of Evolutionary Theory and Cultural Design: Advancing Science and Practice of Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 26, 2024
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 202 AB
Area: PCH/TBA; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Yukie Kurumiya, Ph.D.
Chair: April M. Becker (University of North Texas; University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
WILLIAM M. BAUM (University of California, Davis)
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
YUKIE KURUMIYA (The Chicago School)

The panel discussion will encourage audience to participate in an active discussion on how our science of behavior and its practice can evolve to induce the well-being of individual organisms, organizations, cultures, and societies, interdependently. This panel, initiated by the Evolutionary Science Special Interest Group, will explore how and why evolutionary theory can help our field analyze the reciprocal complexities of human behavior and cultural phenomena from a natural science perspective. We will also explore how such analyses and nurturing cultural designing will induce more humane behavior of individuals and more socially responsible actions in organizations. Finally, we aim to discuss how such evolutionary and cultural engineering can help advance, disseminate, and integrate the science of behavior analysis across diverse disciplines, and foster collaborations that can ameliorate current societal and global threats. We invite all who are dedicated to advancing the science of behavior at any level of their careers and education.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts from various backgrounds and different areas of expertise at any level of learning and self-evolution.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe how evolutionary theory can help behavior analysts understand the behavior of individual organisms and cultural units; (2) identify strategies to analyze interlocking behavioral contingencies (IBCs) and design metacontingencies to induce evolution of more humane behavior of individuals and more socially responsible organizations; and (3) Identify actions we as individuals to incorporate these natural scientific perspectives and cultural engineering analytical skills into education, training, practice, and leadership at individual, organizational, and global levels, enhancing the well-being of communities we belong to, both within and outside of the behavior science community
Keyword(s): culture, evolution, metacontingency, training/education



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