Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Invited Panel #257
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Responding to Global Warming...or Not: The Green Behavior Deficit
Sunday, May 24, 2009
2:30 PM–3:50 PM
West 301 CD
Domain: Theory
Chair: Anthony Biglan (Oregon Research Institute)
CE Instructor: Kimberly P. Ray, Ph.D., Psychology
Panelists: ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute), RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University), MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno), ROBIN RUMPH (Stephen F. Austin University)
Abstract: Compelling evidence indicates that climate changes are accelerating and will, at some point in the next 30 to 50 years, be likely to impact behavior, culture, and natural ecologies in a myriad of negative ways. Nevertheless, warnings of change like those presented by Frederic Wagner in the preceding B. F. Skinner Lecture are frequently met with indifference—or even outright resistance. Such reactions impede efforts to alter the human behaviors that contribute directly to climate change and to prepare for coming cultural changes necessitated by altered environments and depleted resources. A “green behavior deficit” results, the controlling variables of which can be illuminated through behavioral analyses. Yet, relatively little conceptual work in behavior analysis has been done in regards to this complex challenge, and scarcely any empirical work examines behavior change at this scale. Panelists will discuss a variety of possibilities for fruitfully examining the “green behavior deficit” through such concepts as managing externalities, delay discounting, preparedness, habituation, rule-governed behavior, cultural practice analysis, and systems analysis.
ANTHONY BIGLAN (Oregon Research Institute)
RICHARD F. RAKOS (Cleveland State University)
MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno)
ROBIN RUMPH (Stephen F. Austin University)



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