Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Paper Session #418
CE Offered: BACB — 
Contributions of Behavior Analysis to Behavioral Insights: From Choice to Policy
Monday, May 27, 2024
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
Marriott Downtown, Level 5, Grand Ballroom Salon H
Area: CSS; Domain: Basic Research
Chair: Brett Gelino (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
CE Instructor: Marco Tagliabue, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: MARCO TAGLIABUE (OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University)

Behavioral insights represent a policy approach that capitalizes on findings from different fields (e.g., psychology, economics) and tests them empirically. The focus of interest is choice and decision-making among users and consumers, especially insofar as they act in ways that do not meet the rationality assumption. Although there has been an increasing interest in this approach in recent years, contributions of behavior analysts have remained modest when compared to behavioral economists and other social scientists, especially informing public policy. The aim of this presentation is to identify and develop principles and findings from behavior analysis and behavioral economics that may contribute toward the achievement of “better” individual and societal outcomes. For example, nudging and boosting are two freedom-preserving techniques that may contribute to enhance wellbeing in community or organizational contexts. This presentation is concerned not only with the individual level of analysis and intervention, but also with the framework of macrocontingencies and metacontingencies. These frameworks can be particularly informative and useful for scaling and sustaining behavioral interventions, and for embedding them in policymaking.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Academics, practitioners, students interested in the study and application of behavioral interventions in policymaking.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe Behavioral Insights and their relationship with behavior analysis; (2) discuss nudging, boosting and other approaches in behavioral economics for influencing choice; (3) identify behavioral interventions in policymaking and relate them the macro- and metacontingency frameworks.
MARCO TAGLIABUE (OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University)
Marco Tagliabue is an associate professor in the department of behavioral sciences at OsloMet - Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway where he received his PhD in behavior analysis. He is also a licensed psychologist in Italy. His research may be placed at the crossroads between behavioral economics, behavior analysis and organizational behavior management. Some of his current research activities include human choice behavior and cooperation with economic and organizational implications. Specifically, he is interested in how we may shape sustainable choices, promote wellbeing in society, organizations, and embed them into cultural practices. In 2016, he founded the Norwegian nudging network, and he is affiliated with OsloMet's cultural selection and behavioral economics lab. He teaches behavioral economics and risk management in complex systems in the Masters’ program in behavioral sciences; previously, he taught psychological diagnosis in the Bachelors’ program in health care. Prior to entering academia, he held various positions within the HR management and development departments of multinational manufacturing industries.



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