Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


36th Annual Convention; San Antonio, TX; 2010

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Panel #66
Dissemination of Behavior Analysis: Approaches for the 21st Century
Saturday, May 29, 2010
3:00 PM–4:20 PM
Texas Ballroom Salon F (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TBA/OBM; Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Criss Wilhite (California State University, Fresno)
THOMAS G. SZABO (University of Nevada, Reno)
WILLIAM D. NEWSOME, JR. (University of Nevada, Reno)
MELISSA NOSIK (University of Nevada, Reno)
PAUL CHANCE (Association for Science in Autism Treatment)
Abstract: Behavior analysts are very good at talking amongst themselves. However, we are not, as a group, very good at sharing our work with others. We tend to offend people by turning everyday words into technical terms that have little congruence with colloquial usage. We use phrasings that have negative frames in the common lexicon, such as “behavior control,” and “behavior analysis.” Our philosophical positions tend to alienate others and our default research strategies, single-case designs, are not generally considered acceptable evidence of effective treatment. Finally, we often do not play nice with others on the schoolyard: many characterize us as rigid and dogmatic. If behavior science is to achieve Skinner’s dream of helping to solve global problems, we are going to need to learn how to work with those who do not share our philosophy, technical language, and our inductive empirical traditions. This PDS event is composed of speakers who have been successful at disseminating behavior science to the larger community. We will address dissemination via service activities, interdisciplinary research, and writing for the popular press. Recommendations for a tiered approach to future dissemination efforts will be offered.



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