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 #369
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Interpretations of "Ideas Worth Spreading"
Monday, May 31, 2010
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Bonham B (Grand Hyatt)
Area: TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Allen Karsina, M.S.
Chair: Janet S. Twyman (Headsprout)
DAVID C. PALMER (Smith College)
HENRY D. SCHLINGER (California State University, Los Angeles)
GREG STIKELEATHER (Palo Alto, California)
JANET S. TWYMAN (Headsprout)
Abstract: Since 1984, the nonprofit organization TED has been hosting conferences devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” in technology, entertainment, and design (see Over the years its scope has broadened to include talks on science, politics, education, culture, and psychology. More than 500 talks have been viewed online over 100 million times by more than 15 million people around the world. Some talks quickly become shared experiences, with the premise presented gaining widespread cultural appeal. Many TED speakers discuss phenomena directly in the behavioral domain, such as Philip Zimbardo on how people become heroes (or monsters), Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice, Dan Gilbert on happiness or mistaken expectations, Joachim de Posada on delayed gratification, Jonathan Haidt on moral reasoning, Dan Pink on the science of motivation, or Rebecca Saxe on how we read each other’s minds. In this event, panelists will discuss how some of these popular ideas can be questioned, further explained, or even supported by behavioral research and existing data. Panelists will also discuss ideas on how to promote behavior analysis outside of behavioral conferences and journals, such as supporting behavioral presentations at future TED conferences.



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