articles by tony
Where Terrorism Research Goes Wrong
Dec
14
2017

Terrorism is increasing. According to the Global Terrorism Database at the University of Maryland, groups connected with Al Qaeda and the Islamic State committed close to 200 attacks per year between 2007 and 2010, a number that grew by more than 200 percent, to about 600 attacks, in 2013.

Since 9/11, the study of terrorism has also increased. Now, you might think that more study would lead to more effective antiterrorism policies and thus to less terrorism. But on the face of it, this does not seem to be happening. What has gone wrong?

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Tony Biglan
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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The Healthy Society in Fifty Years
Dec
14
2017

One of the things that is only recently being recognized is how inter-connected psychological, behavioral and physical health are. As recognition of this fact and the fact that non-nurturing environments influence all of these problems we are beginning to evolve a health care system that is appropriate to these facts. It might be useful to think about the progress to be made in terms of four facets of our cultural practices: (a) values and goals; (b) monitoring wellbeing; (c) evidence-based programs and practices; and (e) policies.
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Tony Biglan
Cultural Evolution
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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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Behavioral Science May Prove to Be Our Most Important Science
Dec
14
2017

Science has changed our world. We take for granted the impact of the physical and biological sciences on our world, forgetting that it once took months to get from the East coast to the West coast or to communicate with someone across the ocean. Science has dramatically improved our health too. In nineteenth century England more than 100,000 people died of cholera before John Snow showed that contaminated water was the cause of cholera.
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Tony Biglan
PAX Good Behavior Game
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A Fist Fight at the New York Times?
Dec
14
2017

Jonathon Chait seems to be trying to get a fist fight going at the New York Times. He claims in New York Magazine that a recent column by Paul Krugman was actually an attack on David Brooks. Brooks claimed that we have spent huge sums on anti-poverty efforts with no success and that the problem of poverty is due to poor people lacking middle class values.
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Tony Biglan
Poverty
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Evolving a More Nurturing Capitalism: A New Powell Memo
Dec
14
2017

Is it possible that evolutionary theory can explain how the U.S. came to have the highest levels of child poverty and economic inequality of any developed nation? I think it can. It also can help us evolve a more nurturing form of capitalism, one in which people are more caring and productive, and they place greater value on the wellbeing of every member of society.
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Tony Biglan
Evolving a More Nurturing Capitalism
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