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First International Conference; Italy, 2001

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Paper Session #39
Culture & Sexuality
Thursday, November 29, 2001
2:00 PM–2:50 PM
Bibliography Hall
Area: TPC
Chair: Richard W. Malott (Western Michigan University)
A Behavior Analysis of Culture
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
MASAYA SATO (Teikyo University, Japan)
Abstract: From the standpoint of behavior analysis, a culture is a set of behavioral contingencies, behaviors shaped and maintained by the contingencies, and products of these behaviors. This cultural set is passed on generation after generation in a given group. By this definition, a culture consists of three components: behavioral contingencies, behaviors, and behavioral products. There are three kinds of behavioral contingencies: Natural contingencies, social contingencies, and accidental contingencies. Although, in the analysis of culture, social contingencies have been emphasized, all of these three kinds of contingencies should be examined. However, social contingencies might be the most important among three kinds of behavioral contingencies in the analysis of culture. Social contingencies are the contingencies whose discriminative stimulus, operant, and/or consequence (reinforcement or disinforcement) are social.
Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Through a tortuous, convoluted, behavior-analytically based argument, I suggest that: sexual reinforcers are unlearned, sexual behavior is learned, the value of the sources of sexual stimulation is learned, and sexual style is learned. From that I conclude that the differences between so called, heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and transexuality are learned. IMHO (This is a multi-media presentation, filled with dirty pictures and sensuous music.)



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