Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #423
PDS: Culturo-Behavior Science – History of Development & Potential Impact: Current and Future Advancements
Monday, May 27, 2024
10:00 AM–11:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 4, Franklin Hall 1-2
Area: CSS/PCH; Domain: Theory
Chair: Rita Olla (University of Nevada, Reno)
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
INGUNN SANDAKER (Oslo Metropolitan University/ OsloMet)
MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
LAERCIA ABREU VASCONCELOS (Universidade de Brasília (UnB))

The sweeping societal changes needed to combat and mitigate cultural practices that contribute to climate disasters and emerging socio-cultural upheavals must focus on more than one individual behavior. The challenge is to organize massive numbers of people to behave in ways that are conducive to survival and success of cultural groups. The panelists will provide a brief history of Culturo-Behavior Science (CBS), a recently developed area of specialization in behavior analysis, and discuss its potential impact for the advancement of our field in the abovementioned domains. CBS provides the scientific concepts and units of analysis that guide the systematic identification of cultural practices that influence cultural change, and promote the development of potential solutions. The panelists will share their perspectives regarding the future of CBS, and discuss ways community of behavior analysts including those who are pursuing undergraduate and graduate training can contribute to this area of scientific development in behavior analysis.

Instruction Level: Basic
Keyword(s): Culturo-Behavior Science, Societal change, sustainability



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