Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Paper Session #336A
CE Offered: BACB
Behavior Analysis and B. F. Skinner: A 20th Century Science and Scientist’s Contributions to The 21st Century
Sunday, May 26, 2024
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 108 AB
Area: PCH; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Caio F. Miguel (California State University, Sacramento)
CE Instructor: Maria Amalia Andery, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: MARIA AMALIA ANDERY (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)
Abstract: Behaviorism was inaugurated in 1913 by Watson’s paper. From 1930 to 1990, Skinner published near 300 titles, contributing heavily to behavior analysis and behaviorism. His work was driven by the development of science itself, as shown by his experimental work, and by context, or else, social variables, as shown by his philosophical writings and by titles intended to reach a broader public. A longitudinal analysis of Skinner’s most influencing articles and books clearly shows how behavior analysis as a science, and Skinner’s perspective as an intellectual were in synchrony with the political, social cultural, and scientific issues of the 20th century over the six decades of his career. This is why one could say that behavior analysis and Skinner were a 20th century science and scientist. But behavior analysis is also equipped to heavily contribute to issues that characterize the 21st century. To understand many of the impacts of Internet on individual behavior and cultures or to intervene successfully on education, for example, some of the philosophical and scientific principles built by behavior analysis and Skinner, such as selection by consequences, operant and respondent behavior, reinforcement, stimulus control, operant verbal behavior are key, useful, and may bring a new and fresh perspective to these and other 21st century issues.
Instruction Level: Basic
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MARIA AMALIA ANDERY (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)
Maria Amalia Pie Abib Andery is a full professor of Psychology at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) with undergraduate training in Psychology at PUC-SP, a Master degree at the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. degree at PUC-SP. Maria Amalia’s training, research interests, and publications are in the field of behavior analysis, cultural practices and the relationships between verbal and non-verbal behavior. Maria Amalia advised many master and doctoral students, published 39 papers in Brazilian and foreign journals, more than 38 book chapters and contributes as a blind reviewer to Brazilian and international journals. Maria Amalia was also a member and consultant at national and state Brazilian agencies of Research and to the Ministry of Education. Maria Amalia founded the graduate Program of Experimental Psychology at PUC-SP, was dean of the College of Human and Health Sciences of the University, provost of Graduate Studies and is presently the Rector of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (since 2016).



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