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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Symposium #414
Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior (EAHB) Distinguished Contributions Award: Celebrating the Contributions of Júlio de Rose
Monday, May 27, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Convention Center, 200 Level, 201 AB
Area: EAB; Domain: Translational
Chair: Catherine Williams (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Discussant: Vanessa Ayres-Pereira (Federal University of São Carlos)

Each year, the Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group members vote on nominees for our Distinguished Contributions Award. The goal of this award is to recognize the contributions of behavioral scientists whose work has helped to define EAHB as an interesting and viable area of study. This award is presented each year at the ABAI annual convention. The Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group invites you to formally recognize the contributions of Dr. Júlio de Rose, whose extensive research career has shed much light on the complexities of human behavior. A colleague of Dr. de Rose will reflect on his many contributions toward advancing our understanding of complex human behavior and subsequently deliver an address on a topic of his choosing. Dr. de Rose's talk is entitled "Relational Responding and Transformation of Functions in the Behavioral Analysis of Social Phenomena". Please join us to celebrate the contributions of Dr. de Rose.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Keyword(s): Human Behavior, Prejudice, Relational Responding, Social Behavior
Relational Responding and Transformation of Functions in the Behavioral Analysis of Social Phenomena
Abstract: The concept of attitude has been central in social psychology, referring to people’s evaluations and beliefs about any objects or issues. Although attitude is a mentalist concept, it addresses behavioral phenomena. The notions of stimulus equivalence and transfer of functions opened the way to a behavioral analysis of attitudes. This was further developed with Relational Frame Theory (RFT), which permitted to address different kinds of relations and the transformation of functions of related stimuli. As such, attitudes involve relational responding, in which positive, neutral, or negative attributes are related to specific objects or issues, thus influencing evaluations and beliefs about them. An implication of attitudes as relational responding is that the attitude toward a stimulus may depend on experiences with related stimuli. An analysis of attitudes as relational behavior has permitted behavioral research on a range of social phenomena such as biases, prejudice, preferences, etc. This presentation will provide examples of research on such phenomena.
Experimental Analysis of Human Behavior Special Interest Group Distinguished Contributions Award
CATHERINE WILLIAMS (University of North Carolina Wilmington)
Abstract: Dr. de Rose earned his Ph.D. Ph.D. at the University of São Paulo, Brazil in 1981 and postdoctoral Fulbright fellow at the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation in Waltham, MA (1984-6). Currently, he is a Professor of Psychology at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. Dr. de Rose is also one of the founders and currently Research Director of the Brazilian National Institute of Science and Technology on Behavior, Cognition and Teaching. He is an author or co-author of more than 180 articles and chapters on experimental, applied, and conceptual Behavior Analysis. He also supervised 38 PhD graduates. He has served in the editorial boards of several international journals in the field of Behavior Analysis. Currently he is the Associate Editor of The Psychological Record. He published research on topics such as transfer and transformation of functions, Equivalence-Based Instruction, and application of derived relational phenomena to the study of prejudice and other social phenomena.



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