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Behavioral Science

Behavioral Science presents, in a unique way, a comprehensive overview of the science of human behavior, a science that has been with us since the 19th Century. Scientists know that evolution and genetics can account for up to 50% of our human nature and our behavior. The rest is determined by experience and context in ways that are not totally clear. Because of this, the discipline of Behavioral Science is an exciting multifaceted, multidisciplinary scientific approach to defining and understanding human behavior from individuals, to families, cultures and societies. In the 21st Century its unique insights and discoveries will advance the well being of all people.

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  • Applied Behavioral Science
    Saturday, May 14
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Behavioral science can be applied to the many problems of society to provide programs, preventions, and procedures to improve the welfare of human beings. Program 7: Applied Behavioral Science concludes the series by showing the success stories of behavioral science, such as operant conditioning in education, its revolutionary influence on understanding drug and alcohol addiction, and creating the conditions for the positive growth and development of a child.
  • Abnormal Behavior and Mental Illness
    Saturday, May 7
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The revolution in neuroscience is bringing a whole new approach to the scientific understanding of abnormal behavior. Program 6: Abnormal Behavior and Mental Illness sheds light on what behavior is considered normal or abnormal, and looks at mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and autism.
  • Social Behavior
    Saturday, April 30
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Program 5: Social Behavior looks at how humans interact with one another, work together to accomplish great marvels and how antisocial aggressive behavior is learned in families. Behavioral economics and how prosocial behavior and altruism have challenged many assumptions of classical economics and the rational economic actor is also examined.
  • Development, Learning, Memory
    Saturday, April 23
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The scientific, multi-disciplinary approach to development, learning, and memory is perhaps the most exciting frontier of Behavioral Science. Program 4: Development, Learning, and Memory starts with two important developmental theorists – Jean Piaget with his work on cognitive child development, and Lev Vygotsky, the founder of Cultural-Historical Psychology. Then brain development and neuroplasticity are taken up.
  • Evolutionary Behavioral Science
    Saturday, April 16
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The role that evolution and genetics play in determining human traits and behavior is pivotal. Program 3: Evolutionary Behavioral Science examines the impact of biological evolution and the principle of natural selection, ultimate and proximate causation, and the importance of genetics in evolution, which led to the great diversity of life on Earth. Chapter List 1.) Biological Diversity --This Chapter Includes Information on Biological Diversity, Human Nature, Environment, Learning, Nature Versus Nurture, Diversity, and Evolution. 2.) Natural Selection --This Chapter Includes Information on Natural Selection, Charles Darwin, Variety, Variation, Heritability, Traits, and Adaptation. 3.) Ultimate and Proximate Causation --This Chapter Includes Information on Natural Selection, Proximate Causation, Ultimate Causation, Neurobiological Mechanisms, and Neurochemical Mechanisms. 4.) Genetics--This Chapter Includes Information on Genetics, Evolution, Organisms, Cellular Information, Chromosomes, DNA, Natural Selection, Molecular Genetics, Diversity, Genetic Material, Mutations, Phenotypes, and Biological Evolution. 5.) Neuroevolution 00:06:05This Chapter Includes Information on Neuroevolution, Evolution, Morning Sickness, the Nervous System, Emotions, Epilepsy, Neural Processing, and the Brain
  • Scientific Tools of Behavioral Science
    Saturday, April 9
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Program 2: Scientific Tools of Behavioral Science introduces the scientific tools of behavioral science, such as the scientific method, statistical analysis, and randomized trials. B.F. Skinner's theory of operant conditioning is also looked at, and a historical view of the great nature versus nurture debate is presented. Chapter List: 1.) The Scientific Method --This Chapter Includes Information on the Scientific Method, Observation, Questions, Hypotheses, Camillo Golgi, Santiago Ramon Cajal, and Nerve Cells. 2.) Statistical Analysis--This Chapter Includes Information on Statistical Analysis, Eating, Language, Genetics, Environment, Education, Family Dynamics, Patterns, Alfred Binet, and the IQ Test. 3.) Randomized Trials --This Chapter Includes Information on Randomized Trials, Experimental Trials, and Intervention Programs .
  • Origins of Behavioral Science
    Saturday, April 2
    2:30 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Program 1: Origins of Behavioral Science begins with an overview of behavioral science’s most significant founders – Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Ivan Pavlov, John B. Watson, and B.F. Skinner. It also provides and overview of the four grand scientific theories of human and animal behavior. Chapter List: 1.) Sigmund Freud- This Chapter Includes Information on Sigmund Freud, the Unconscious, Id, Ego, Superego, and Freudian Theory. 2.) Charles Darwin- This Chapter Includes Information on Charles Darwin, Behavioral Evolution, Ecological Factors, Kindness, Altruism, and Genetics. 3.) Ivan Pavlov--This Chapter Includes Information on Ivan Pavlov, Behaviorism, Learning Theories, Habituation, Classical Conditioning, Pavlovian Conditioning, Neutral Stimuli, Unconditioned Stimuli, and the Startle Response. 4.) John B. Watson and B.F. Skinner--This Chapter Includes Information on John B. Watson, B.F. Skinner, Behaviorism, Animal Behavior, Conditioning, Child Rearing, the Little Albert Experiment, Classical Conditioning, Mary Cover Jones, Desensitization, Phobias, Operant Conditioning, Instrumental Conditioning, Causation, and Nature Versus Nurture.