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.


42nd Annual Convention; Downtown Chicago, IL; 2016

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Panel #331
PDS: Movers and Shakers: What It Takes to Make Meaningful Change
Monday, May 30, 2016
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Montreux, Swissotel
Area: CSE/TPC; Domain: Translational
Chair: Janie Funk (University of Nevada, Reno)
RAMONA HOUMANFAR (University of Nevada, Reno)
SCOTT A. HERBST (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology)
MARTHA HUBNER (University of São Paulo)

Behavior analysts continue to make great progress in expanding our influence to a variety of domains, though many significant societal issues remain in need of contingency analysis and overhaul. We are presented with the task of re-designing macrocontingencies to facilitate sustainable cultural change. Cultural change will require a host of considerations on behalf of the designers, including not only the analysis of individual behaviors and interlocking behavior contingencies, but also gaining the cooperation of public officials and corporate executives, which may appear a daunting task. This panel consists of a selection of the field's experts who will share their experiences influencing large-scale change. The discussion will prove inspiring and informative for the aspiring mover and shaker.

Keyword(s): cultural behavior, macrocontingency, public policy, social significance



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