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2012 Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference

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Panel #23
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
Spurring People to Action: Exploring Translational Insights
Sunday, August 5, 2012
9:00 AM–10:30 AM
US Bank Conference Theater
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Thomas S. Critchfield, Ph.D.
Chair: Thomas S. Critchfield (Illinois State University)
RONNIE DETRICH (The Wing Institute)
MARK R. DIXON (Southern Illinois University)
SHAWN R. CHARLTON (University of Central Arkansas)
MICHAEL A. MAGOON (NORC at the University of Chicago)

There are two noteworthy challenges in the quest to address problems of sustainability. The first, developing relevant scientific insights and related technologies, will be addressed in many other sessions at this conference. The second concerns persuading policy makers and the public to embrace and act upon these new ideas. The history of technology transfer suggests that this is no mean feat: The better mousetrap may be no more likely to gain favor than a lousy one, and behavior analysts have not proven to be specially adept in gaining public acceptance for their work. This panel discussion examines "being heard" as a problem in behavior. After panelists introduce concepts from a variety of disciplines that may contribute to a functional analysis of this problem, a moderated discussion will allow panelists and audience members to plot general strategies for exporting the fruits of behavior science to nonexperts.

Conference attendees who plan to participate in this breakout session are asked to add this event to their personal schedules (below) to help with discussion planning.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

BACB-certified behavior analysts and licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

1.    Identify some of the professional areas outside of behavior analysis that address the problem of persuading policy-makers and the public to embrace and act upon new technologies.

2.    Identify some impediments to the dissemination of new technologies and describe them in terms of behavioral processes.

3.    Sketch general strategies for exporting the fruits of behavior science to non-experts.



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