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Esch, Barbara E.; Esch, John W.; Palmer, David C. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2017
When the B. F. Skinner Foundation reprinted Skinner's "Verbal Behavior" in 1992, Jack Michael wrote one of its two forewords, a detailed outline of the book's purpose and scope. On the 60th anniversary of the first publication (1957) of "Verbal Behavior", Jack reflects on the book's impact and its importance to the…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Language Usage, Operant Conditioning, Language Acquisition
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Sundberg, Mark L. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2017
Jack Michael offered a course on verbal behavior almost every year throughout his teaching career. Jack was also interested in the application of Skinner's work and in 1976 began to offer a graduate course at Western Michigan University titled Verbal Behavior Applications. Jack and his students pursued the application of Skinner's work on verbal…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Verbal Operant Conditioning, Behavior Theories, Reinforcement
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Schlinger, Henry D., Jr. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2017
In the present essay, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the publication of B. F. Skinner's "Verbal Behavior", I stand by and defend the judgment I expressed in my article "The Long Goodbye: Why B. F. Skinner's 'Verbal Behavior' Is Alive and Well on the 50th Anniversary of Its Publication" (2008c)--that Skinner's…
Descriptors: Reflection, Verbal Operant Conditioning, Reinforcement, Behavior Modification
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Mabry, John H. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2016
Jack Michael was an early enthusiast for what is now called applied behavior analysis. His many seminal contributions were through early publications in applied behavior analysis and the work of the students he trained (e.g., T. Ayllon, M. M. Wolf). His close mentorship of students earned him acclaim as a teacher along with his many theoretical…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Mentors, Teacher Role, Profiles
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Greer, R. Douglas – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2006
Some evolutionary cognitive and developmental psychologists propose that the human mind consists of domain-specific modules. These are characterized as self-contained "mini-computers" that process information of a certain kind. In their book, "Original Intelligence," the Premacks set out to provide a synthesis of evidence from various fields in…
Descriptors: Intelligence, Developmental Psychology, Evolution, Biological Sciences
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Malott, Richard W. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2005
This article reviews the negative behavior-analytic commentary on Drash and Tudor's behavior-analytic analysis of the etiology of autistic repertoires and values. This article also asks that, in our effort to scrub it clean, we not drown Drash and Tudor's beautiful, but fragile, new-born, behavior-analytic baby in hyper-methodological,…
Descriptors: Autism, Etiology, Behavior Problems, Antisocial Behavior
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Carr, James E.; LeBlanc, Linda A. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2004
The authors comment on Drash and Tudor's operant theory of autism. Concerns with the theory's face validity and empirical support are presented, along with concerns about four aspects of the theory.
Descriptors: Autism, Validity, Behavior Theories, Social Environment
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Hixson, Michael D. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2004
Drash and Tudor's argument that autism is a contingency-shaped disorder of verbal behavior is logical and consistent with behavioral principles, but the argument's premises have no direct empirical support and some conflicting evidence. The quantity and quality of research needed to support such a theory is compared to that found in the area of…
Descriptors: Child Behavior, Social Development, Antisocial Behavior, Autism
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Palmer, David C.; Eshleman, John; Brandon, Paul; Layng, T. V. Joe; McDonough, Christopher; Michael, Jack; Schoneberger, Ted; Stemmer, Nathan; Weitzman, Ray; Normand, Matthew – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2004
In the fall of 2003, the authors corresponded on the topic of private events on the listserv of the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group. Extracts from that correspondence raised questions about the role of response amplitude in determining units of analysis, whether private events can be investigated directly, and whether covert behavior…
Descriptors: Discrimination Learning, Verbal Stimuli, Reinforcement, Behavior Theories