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 #424
Professional Development Series: Going Green With Behavior Analysis
Monday, May 31, 2010
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Seguin (Grand Hyatt)
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: Angelica A. Aguirre (California State University, Fresno)
DONALD HUNSAKER (California State University, Fresno)
CRISS WILHITE (California State University, Fresno)
MARK P. ALAVOSIUS (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The increasing severity of the current environmental crisis is a substantial concern for today’s natural scientists. Despite a significant effort made by natural scientists to understand how the global environment works, there has been a minimal effort put forth to understand the behavior of humans with regards to the natural environment (Stern, 1992). Since applied behavior analysis (ABA) is the science of applying the principles of behavior to increase social significant change, behavioral analysts should take the initiative to serve in a leading role for promoting “pro-environmental behavior” among people (Manuel et al., 2007). This panel will discuss the research and concerns of today’s environmentalists and how behavioral analysis can facilitate in providing a better effort for “going green.” In addition, this panel will emphasize the narrow focus ABA has acquired and the potential to widen its application to aid in other problems of our world. The presentation of a recent study will demonstrate the influence behavior analysis can have in our environment. Furthermore, the necessity for graduate programs to stress the importance of an increase in environmental research so as to enhance the knowledge needed to help the impact of this critical movement will also be discussed.



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