Society

The 11 American Nations of Macrobehavior

Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The Washington Post published an intriguing article on the “11 American nations.”  These refer to regions of North America “where dominant cultures explain our voting behaviors and attitudes toward everything from social issues…


Fighting Cancer with Positive Reinforcement

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The New York Times recently reported on a program at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center that teaches dogs to sniff out cancer using positive reinforcement.  A typical session finds a…



A Behavior-Based Sustainability Project at Lake Tahoe

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Continuing in the trend of our recent sustainability-related article “Applied Behavior Analysis Reduces Electricity Use in Northern Ireland,” we report here on another sustainability project from the journal Behavior and Social…


Applied Behavior Analysis and Counterterrorism

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org   If one had to describe global events of the 21stcentury in one word, it would likely be this — terrorism.  Terrorism may be thought of as an interplay between two…


Predictive Policing and Applied Behavior Analysis

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org According to CBS News in San Francisco, police are cracking down on bike theft in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system with predictive policing.  BART has recently experienced a major…


Applied Behavior Analysis Reduces Electricity Use in Northern Ireland

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Behavior and Social Issues recently published a study showing the effectiveness of Applied Behavior Analysis for reducing electricity consumption in Northern Ireland.  The field experiment, run by Patricia Frazer (Dublin Business…


Predicting Violent Behavior

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The New York Times recently published an article on our (in)ability to predict violent behavior, such as the shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard. In the social and behavioral sciences,…


Facebook Leads to Divorce

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org The University of Missouri recently reported on the results of a new study that suggests a link between Facebook use and divorce.  The study, headed by Russell Clayton, a doctoral student…


Drones and Behavior Analysis: From Pizza Delivery to Autonomy

By Todd A. Ward, PhD, BCBA-D Founding Editor, bSci21.org Fox News, among several other news outlets, recently reported on ongoing research by Domino’s pizza to deliver your food to your doorstep via drone technology — specifically an “octocopter” like the…