2012: Christopher Varnon

Oklahoma State University

A lack of affordable equipment for researchers and classroom demonstrations means that the study of behavior is not able to thrive in areas that have less-developed behavioral disciplines. In one such area—northeastern Brazil—many students do not consider psychology a true science, in part because few universities contain laboratories devoted to research or instruction of psychological principles. To promote the study of behavior as a science in Brazil, Chris Varnon and Dr. Charles Abramson used the Propeller Experiment Controller (an open-source experiment controller software) to build teaching and research laboratories at universities and high schools in the Campina Grande region. The goal of the project is to inspire a new generation of behaviorally focused psychology students in Brazil and to create a foundation for future collaboration between Brazilian psychologists and behaviorists in the United States.


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