Latest Advances in Behavior Research, Treatment Strategies to be Presented by ABAI in Chicago, May 24-27

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From autism to environmentalism to politics, top experts reveal groundbreaking work in the science of influencing behavior

The world’s top behavior experts will assemble in Chicago May 24-27 for the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) convention to reveal the latest research and advances in this groundbreaking science as it pertains to autism, education, environmentalism, homeland security, workplace safety and even election year politics.

The event will feature a presidential scholar’s address by renowned economist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Gary Becker, who will discuss how behavioral economics can be used to explain marriage and divorce rates in the United States.

Author Amy Sutherland, whose New York Times article and subsequent best-selling book What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage, will be honored with an award for bringing worldwide attention to behavioral interventions influenced by animal training techniques.

Presentation highlights include:

  •     Autism and Puberty – The unique challenges presented when hormones take over
  •     Voters’ Quandary 2008 – Defending against misleading emotional manipulations by candidates, political strategists and talk show hosts
  •     “Greening” Behavior – Promoting more environmentally responsible behaviors, including energy conservation, paper use reduction and recycling
  •     Happy Gambling – New studies reveal that gambling for fun can decrease depression among seniors in nursing homes; also new assessment tools help identify pathological gambling addiction in various populations
  •     Reducing Medical Errors – New simulation-based training system uses strategies from the aviation industry to prevent the 90,000 deaths per year attributed to medical errors.
  •     The Preschooler Most Likely to Succeed – How self-control and delayed gratification abilities in children impact the course of their lives (including college, careers and criminality)
  •     Free Thinking – Using our survival instincts to foster innovation and creativity
  •     Not by Genes Alone – How culture transformed human evolution

Please contact Leah Yam at (619) 846-1082 to reserve your press pass or to schedule interviews.

About ABA International
The Association for Behavior Analysis International is a nonprofit professional membership organization with the mission of developing, enhancing and supporting the growth and vitality of behavior analysis through research, education and practice. More information is available at

Leah Yam
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