Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Panel #319
The Emerging Science of Cultural Analysis: Part 2, Conceptual and Practical Advances
Monday, May 29, 2006
10:30 AM–11:50 AM
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Theory
Chair: Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago)
JOAO CLAUDIO TODOROV (Universidade Católica de Goiás)
INGUNN SANDAKER (Akershus University College)
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University)
MARIA E. MALOTT (Association for Behavior Analysis)
Abstract: Skinner’s third level of selection, the scientific analysis of cultures and cultural practices, is an emerging area of international scholarship. Such work may prove to have enormous importance for addressing human, social and ecological issues worldwide. At the 2005 ABA convention, an international group of behavior analysts presented a symposium entitled, “Advancing the Analysis of Cultural Change: Metacontingencies, Interlocking Practices, and Research Agendas.” Those participating in the symposium and others subsequently met in Campinas, Brazil at a five day, ABA-sponsored Thinktank on the same subject. Participants in those meetings and others working in the area of cultural analysis will continue and extend that conversation in two roundtable panel discussions on The Emerging Science of Cultural Analysis at ABA 2006. Drawing on the work done in Brazil, in this presentation (Part 2), panelists will focus on conceptual extensions of theory including controversies related to units and levels of analysis, and the place of behavioral systems models for advancing the science of cultural analysis in a rigorous manner. The panelists will also elaborate options for expanding research agendas that can advance the field beyond its current heavy emphasis on interpretation toward increasing reliance on empirical testing.



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