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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Invited Paper Session #67A
CE Offered: BACB
Selection and Complexity in Cultural Cusps: Latin America's Independence From Spain
Sunday, May 26, 2024
3:00 PM–4:00 PM
Convention Center, 300 Level, Ballroom B
Area: CSS; Domain: Theory
Chair: Kathryn M. Roose (State of Nevada, Division of Child and Family Services)
CE Instructor: Maria E. Malott, Ph.D.
Presenting Authors: MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis International), SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
Abstract:

After nearly 300 years of Spanish domination of Latin America, the first Venezuelan congress declared independence from the Spanish Crown on July 5, 1811. The declaration led to a series of events that culminated not only in the actual independence of Venezuela 10 years later in 1821, but also in that of Boliva, Colombia, Ecuador, Panamá, and Peru—known as the Bolivarian countries in reference to Simon Bolivar’s leadership in their liberation. Although, the first declaration of Venezuela’s independence initially failed, it constituted a cultural cusp where complex and evolving environmental conditions led to the coalescence of emerging individual behavioral contingencies, organizations’ dynamics and products, and unique non-recurring actions, which together changed the destiny of a portion of Latin America until this day. In this presentation, these independence movements are viewed as historical experiments that shed light on the complexity and selection of cultural phenomena.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior analysts interested in the complexity and selection of cultural phenomena.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to: (1) Define a cultural cusp; (2) Describe the effects of Venezuela’s first declaration of independence on individual behavioral contingencies, organizations’ dynamics and products, and unique non-recurring actions; (3) Describe how independence movements can be viewed as historical experiments that shed light on the complexity and selection of cultural phenomena.
 
MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis International)
Since 1993, Dr. Malott has served as Executive Director/CEO of the Association for Behavior Analysis International and Secretary Treasurer of the Society for the Advancement for Behavior Analysis. Previously, she was vice-president of manufacturing in a Midwest company in the United States. In addition, for more than 12 years, she worked as a consultant for a variety of businesses in service, retail, manufacturing, education, government, and others. She has served as affiliate faculty member at five universities and on five editorial boards. She coauthored a textbook on principles of behavior and authored two editions of a textbook on culturo-behavioral change. She has published dozens of peer reviewed publications and hundreds of presentations in 22 countries. In all applied and theoretical work, she specializes in cultural analysis and the management and improvement of behavioral systems. Dr. Malott is a fellow of ABAI and was the recipient of the 2003 Award for International Dissemination of Behavior Analysis, the 2004 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Organizational Behavior Management, and the 2012 Award for Distinguished Service to Behavior Analysis. She also received the 2002 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University.
SIGRID S. GLENN (University of North Texas)
Dr. Sigrid Glenn's passionate commitment to the future of behavior analysis has resulted in numerous contributions to her chosen field. She has co-authored four books and more than 45 articles and book chapters. Although her early research was mainly in applied areas, she is widely recognized for her later conceptual work on selection at behavioral and cultural levels. As founding chair of the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas, Dr. Glenn established master's and bachelor's degree programs in behavior analysis, leading the faculty in the first accreditation of a graduate program by ABAI. With characteristic prescience about important developments in the field, Dr. Glenn, a charter certificant of the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB), also led the faculty in developing the first Internet sequence of behavior analysis courses approved by the BACB. Dr. Glenn has served as editor of The Behavior Analyst and on the editorial boards of several other journals. She is a former president of ABAI (1993-1994), a fellow of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association, and Regents Professor of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.
 

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