NEW! Ethics! DR. CATANIA! What behavior analysis has to say about discrimination and prejudice: Implications for ethics, culture, and society March 13, 2018 10:00-1:00 pm eastern

The Applied Behavior Analysis Center, Inc

is honored to bring you

Professor A. Charles Catania

who will present this timely and important webinar developed specifically for the ABACCommunity and beyond

March 13, 2018 10:00 am – 1:00 pm eastern


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Continuing Education:

  • Behavior Analysts: 3 Type II Ethics CEUs
  • Psychologists, Nurses, social workers, and counselors: Not eligible for continuing education

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Behavior analysis cannot solve the pervasive problem of discrimination and prejudice within and across communities, but it can clarify how they arise and can point to some hopeful directions for change. During this 3- hour ethics event, Professor Catania will show how discrimination, which is based on actual contact with contingencies of stimulus-control, differs fundamentally from prejudice, which is based primarily on verbal history in combination with the formation of equivalence classes.

After reviewing some basic behavioral processes, including but not limited to: discrimination and generalization, attention, operant classes, higher-order classes and equivalence classes, verbal behavior, and the distinction between contingency-shaped and verbally governed behavior, Professor Catania will show how these categories relate to significant dimensions of human social behavior and whenever possible will juxtapose examples of real-world contingencies with parallels derived from the laboratory.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this event, participants should be able to:

(1) describe the relations among discrimination, generalization, and attention
(2) discuss the parallels between discrimination in its technical usage (as when a pigeon learns to peck green but not red) and discrimination in its social sense (as when members of different gangs learn what distinguishes members of their own gang from members of other gangs)
(3) distinguish between contingency-shaped behavior and verbally governed behavior, and to describe how discrimination based on actual contingencies differs from pre-judgment based on verbal antecedents (prejudice)
(4) discuss the properties of equivalence classes, and show how they are related to higher-order classes, operant classes, and the social contingencies that lead to often arbitrary distinctions among classes defined by race, gender, ethnic origins and other social dimensions  
(5) describe the ethical implications of the behavioral processes considered here and relate them to diversity as it arises through variation and selection



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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Pretest
10:10 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Charles Catania is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he co-founded the MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Human Services Psychology program.  He is Past-President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association.  He has been Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior​ and Associate Editor for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for the journal, ​Behavioral and Brain Sciences​.  He is author of more than 200 journal articles and chapters, and his books include ​Learning​, now in its 5​th​ edition, Variations and Selections​ (co-edited with Philip N. Hineline), the Definitive Edition of B. F. Skinner’s ​Cumulative Record​ (co-edited with Victor G. Laties) and, most recently, ​The ABCs of Behavior Analysis​.


Dr. Catania receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC. Dr. Catania receives royalties for the sale of his books, some of which may be mentioned during this event.




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