articles by tony
Evolving the Prevention System That We Need
Dec
14
2017

The ultimate value of the behavioral sciences is that they could improve human wellbeing (Biglan & Embry, 2003). Careful consideration of the gap between our knowledge of the factors influencing human wellbeing and current practices highlights some simple but radical steps that could accelerate societies’ efforts to improve wellbeing.
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Tony Biglan
Child Development, Families
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Reducing Stress On Our Children Improves Their Health
Dec
14
2017

In addition to helping families and schools create environments where children eat nutritious food, get lots of exercise, limit screen time, and get plenty of sleep, there’s another not-so-obvious way we can protect our children’s health: reduce their stress. I found out that there are direct and powerful effects of stress in childhood that lead to early deaths in adulthood due to cardiovascular disease.
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Tony Biglan
Child Development, Physical Health
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Boys Become Criminals by Talking About It First
Dec
14
2017

So what would you do if your girlfriend got pregnant? Shoot her?”
“No, punch her in the stomach, real hard.”

This conversation occurred in an observation room at Oregon Social Learning Center. Tom Dishion and his colleagues were trying to learn more about why some kids become delinquent. He and many other behavioral scientists knew that most adolescents who get in trouble do so with other adolescents. Delinquency is a group enterprise. But Dishion took the research a step further. He wanted to see if he could actually observe the social influence processes that motivate kids to defy adult expectations and engage in criminal acts. So he asked young men who were participating in a longitudinal study of delinquency to bring a friend into the lab and have a series of brief conversations about things like planning an activity or solving a problem with a parent or friend.

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Tony Biglan
Child Development, Research
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The Nurture Effect: A Q&A with Anthony Biglan
Dec
14
2017

In his new book The Nurture Effect: How the Science of Human Behavior Can Improve Our Lives and Our World, Psychologist Anthony Biglan, a senior scientist at the Oregon Research Institute, describes how interventions aimed at creating nurturing environments could help solve some of society’s most stubborn, harmful, and costly issues. Crime, delinquency, depression, and heart disease are often, he explains, the outcomes of environments that fail to promote well-being.
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Tony Biglan
Child Development, Psychological Health
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Selection By Consequences: Recovering Skinner’s Key Insight About Learning As An Evolutionary Process
Dec
14
2017

Until recently, evolutionary psychologists considered behavioristic accounts of human behavior incompatible with evolutionary theory. They characterized B.F. Skinner’s work merely as part of the “standard social science model” and gave it scant attention.
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Tony Biglan
Child Development
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