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.


39th Annual Convention; Minneapolis, MN; 2013

Program by Special Events: Sunday, May 26, 2013

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Special Event #106
Pilates/Yoga Session
Sunday, May 26, 2013
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
101 H (Convention Center)
Chair: Amanda N. Adams (California State University, Fresno)
Presenting Authors:

Come join us for what has become an annual tradition at ABAI. This Pilates/Yoga session is led by certified instructors and is designed for every level and participant. Wear comfortable clothing. Participants may wish to bring a towel to use while in class. Relax, refresh and recharge!

Special Event #118
ABAI Program Committee Meeting
Sunday, May 26, 2013
8:00 AM–8:50 AM
L100 D-E (Convention Center)
Domain: Service Delivery
Chair: Mark A. Mattaini (Jane Addams College of Social Work-University of Illinois, Chicago)



AAB: Applied Animal Behavior

KENNON ANDY LATTAL (West Virginia University), Megan E. Maxwell (Pet Behavior Change, LLC)



AUT: Autism

DOROTHEA C. LERMAN (University of Houston-Clear Lake), Jennifer N. Fritz (University of Houston-Clear Lake)


BPH: Behavioral Pharmacology
JONATHAN W. PINKSTON (University of North Texas), Paul L. Soto (Johns Hopkins University)
CBM: Clinical, Family, Behavioral Medicine
THOMAS J. WALTZ (VA Ctr for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research), Scott T. Gaynor (Western Michigan University)
CSE: Community Interventions; Social and Ethical Issues
PATRICIA BACH (University of Central Florida), Mark P. Alavosius (University of Nevada, Reno)
DDA: Developmental Disabilities
JENNIFER M. ASMUS (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Anjali Barretto (Gonzaga University)
DEV: Human Development
HAYNE W. REESE (West Virginia University), Martha Pelaez (Florida International University)
EAB: Experimental Analysis of Behavior
MATTHEW C. BELL (Santa Clara University), Federico Sanabria (Arizona State University)
EDC: Education
JENNIFER L. AUSTIN (University of Glamorgan), Cynthia M. Anderson (University of Oregon)

OBM: Organizational Behavior Management

LORI H. DIENER-LUDWIG (Performance Blueprints, Inc.), Sigurdur Oli Sigurdsson (University of Maryland Baltimore County)


PRA: Practice
JENNIFER R. ZARCONE (Kennedy Krieger Institute), Mark D. Shriver (Munroe-Meyer Institute)
SCI: Science
M. CHRISTOPHER NEWLAND (Auburn University)
TBA: Teaching Behavior Analysis
GRANT GAUTREAUX (Nicholls State University), Nicole Luke (Surrey Place Centre)
TPC: Theoretical, Philosophical, and Conceptual Issues
PER HOLTH (Oslo and Akershus University College), Marleen T. Adema (Dutch Association for Behavior Analysis)

VRB: Verbal Behavior

ANNA I. PETURSDOTTIR (Texas Christian University), Barbara E. Esch (Esch Behavior Consultants, Inc.)



CE: Continuing Education

RICHARD W. MALOTT (Western Michigan University), Maria E. Malott (Association for Behavior Analysis International)


Special Event #226
CE Offered: BACB
Presidential Scholar's Address: Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Modern Life
Sunday, May 26, 2013
5:00 PM–5:50 PM
Main Auditorium (Convention Center)
Chair: Kurt Salzinger (Hofstra University)
CE Instructor: Kurt Salzinger, Ph.D.

Presidential Scholar's Address: Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Modern Life


We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football—or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Everyone is fond of paleofantasies, stories about how humans lived eons ago, and we use them to explain why many elements of our lives, from the food we eat to the way we raise our children, seem very distant from what nature intended. Many diets and self-help books are predicated on the notion that our behavior and bodies evolved under a certain set of circumstances, from which we deviate to our peril. Implicit in that idea is the assumption that humans in a modern society aren’t evolving any more, that we have somehow freed ourselves from evolution, or at the very least, that evolution always requires so long to act that we can’t expect to have adapted to our current circumstances. But popular theories about how our ancestors lived—and why we should emulate them—are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence, and they reflect a basic misunderstanding about how evolution works. There was never a time when everything about us—our bodies, our minds, and our behavior—was perfectly in synch with the environment. Evolution is continuous, and all organisms alive today, whether chimpanzees, modern-day hunter-gatherers, or bacteria, are all equally evolved. What really matters is the rate of evolution, which is sometimes fast and sometimes slow. Instead of trying to live like cavemen, we need to understand that process.

MARLENE ZUK (University of Minnesota)
Marlene Zuk, Ph.D., is a biologist and writer. She is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on animal behavior and evolution, mostly using insects as subjects. Dr. Zuk is interested in the ways that people use animal behavior to think about human behavior, and vice versa.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on a diversity of topics, including a seminar on “What’s the Alternative to Alternative Medicine?” In addition to publishing numerous scientific articles, Dr. Zuk has written for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle for Higher Education, and Natural History magazine. She has published four books for a general audience: Sexual Selections: What We Can and Can’t Learn About Sex From Animals; Riddled With Life: Friendly Worms, Ladybug Sex, and the Parasites That Make Us Who We Are; Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love and Language From the Insect World (a New York Times “Editor’s Choice”); and most recently Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet and the Way We Live. 
Special Event #233
Behavior Analytic Ignite
Sunday, May 26, 2013
6:00 PM–6:50 PM
211 A-B (Convention Center)
Chair: Joshua K. Pritchard (Florida Institute of Technology)

IGNITE is a worldwide phenomenon promoting exciting presentations that are only five minutes long. Each speaker submits a slideshow with 20-slides preprogrammed to advance every 15-seconds. The Chair collects the slideshows and organizes them on one laptop so there is no equipment change between speakers. The presentations are intended to IGNITE the interest of audience members and to stimulate conversation and encourage further exploration of topics. Come enjoy a series of fast-paced, explosive presentations aimed to inform and educate. Come get your passion for behavior analysis ignited!




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