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Dixon, an expert in behavioral addictions, appears in Bill Nye Saves the World

July 12, 2017, Jeanette Johnson

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As Bill Nye, a.k.a. the Science Guy prepares to launch a fact-filled show into a fact-challenged world, he is looking on the bright side with a little help from Professor Mark R. Dixon, BCBA-D, Behavioral Psychology and Coordinator, Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BAT) program in the College of Education and Human Services at SIU. Dixon will serve as an expert in behavioral addictions on “Bill Nye Saves the World,” and will appear in an episode where he will talk about his expertise in behavioral addictions and his work in measuring brain activity, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

"Bill Nye Saves the World,” tackles topics from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting antiscientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry. Nye will be joined by celebrity guests like the model Karlie Kloss, actor Rachel Bloom and fashion consultant Tim Gunn as well as a panel of experts, which include our very own, Dr. Mark R. Dixon.

Dixon’s research and/or expert opinions have been featured in Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, National Public Radio, This American Life, and local affiliates of ABC, CBS, PBS, and the Southern Illinoisan. Most recently Dr. Dixon has started directing an animal learning laboratory to the BAT Program to allow for nonhuman research that models the applied challenges of brain injury, dementia, and autism.

Stay tuned to view Dr. Dixon on “Bill Nye Saves the World,” a Netflix original premiering on April 21, 2018.