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Neuman, Paul – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2018
The language of behavior analysis is precise in the sense that it focuses attention on functional relations between behavior and the environment that are extended in time. However, to non-behavior analysts, behavior-analytic terms and explanations are difficult to understand and awkward sounding. Evidence suggests that this has had deleterious…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Native Language, Verbal Communication, Behavior Modification
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Critchfield, Thomas S.; Becirevic, Amel; Reed, Derek D. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2017
It has often been suggested that nonexperts find the communication of behavior analysts to be viscerally off-putting. We argue that this concern should be the focus of systematic research rather than mere discussion, and describe five studies that illustrate how publicly available lists of word-emotion ratings can be used to estimate the responses…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Researchers, Research Methodology, Verbal Communication
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Ratkos, Thom; Frieder, Jessica E.; Poling, Alan – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2016
Research on joint control has focused on mediational responses, in which simultaneous stimulus control from two sources leads to the emission of a single response, such as choosing a comparison stimulus in delayed matching-to-sample. Most recent studies of joint control examined the role of verbal mediators (i.e., rehearsal) in evoking accurate…
Descriptors: Pacing, Mediation Theory, Behavioral Science Research, Verbal Stimuli
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Witts, Benjamin N.; Arief, Icha; Hutter, Emily – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2016
Learning Skinner's (1957) verbal behavior taxonomy requires extensive study and practice. Thus, novel classroom exercises might serve this goal. The present manuscript describes a classroom exercise in which two students analyzed Lady Gaga's song "Applause" in terms of its metaphorical arrangements. Through the exercise, students…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Verbal Communication, Taxonomy, Singing
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Esch, Barbara E.; Esch, John W. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2016
"In the late 1950's, Jack Michael, a bright but irritating young psychology instructor, moved from the Universities of Kansas to Houston to Arizona State. Along the way he befriended two nontraditional students, protected them through their Ph.D. programs, and turned them loose on the world: Teodoro Ayllon…and Montrose Wolf…" (Risley,…
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Psychology, Authors, Behavior Modification
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Fryling, Mitch J. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2013
Skinner's (1957) analysis of verbal behavior has been the subject of much controversy in recent years. While criticism has historically come from outside the field of behavior analysis, there are now well-articulated arguments against Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior from within the field as well. Recently, advocates of…
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Behavioral Science Research, Definitions, Animals
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Sundberg, Mark L. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2013
Skinner discussed the topic of motivation in every chapter of the book "Verbal Behavior" (1957), usually with his preferred terminology of ''deprivation, satiation, and aversive stimulation.'' In the current paper, direct quotations are used to systematically take the reader through 30 separate points made by Skinner…
Descriptors: Books, Motivation, Verbal Communication, Behavior
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Miguel, Caio F. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2013
Among many of Jack Michael's contributions to the field of behavior analysis is his behavioral account of motivation. This paper focuses on the concept of "motivating operation" (MO) by outlining its development from Skinner's (1938) notion of "drive." Conceptually, Michael's term helped us change our focus on…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Motivation, Research Methodology, Environmental Influences
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Sprinkle, Evelyn C.; Miguel, Caio F. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2012
The current study assessed the use of standard conditional discrimination (i.e., listener) and textual/tact (i.e., speaker) training in the establishment of equivalence classes containing dictated names, tacts/textual responses, pictures and printed words. Four children (ages 5 to 7 years) diagnosed with autism were taught to select pictures and…
Descriptors: Autism, Behavioral Science Research, Young Children, Naming
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Abreu, Paulo Roberto; Hubner, Maria Martha Costa; Lucchese, Fernanda – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2012
Clinical behavior analysis often targets the shaping of clients' functional interpretations of/or rules about his own behavior. These are referred to as clinically relevant behavior 3 (CRB3) in functional analytic psychotherapy (FAP). We suggest that CRB3s should be seen as contingency-specifying stimuli (CSS), due to the their ability to change…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Social Environment, Psychotherapy, Stimuli
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Michael, Jack; Palmer, David C.; Sundberg, Mark L. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2011
Amid the novel terms and original analyses in Skinner's "Verbal Behavior", the importance of his discussion of multiple control is easily missed, but multiple control of verbal responses is the rule rather than the exception. In this paper we summarize and illustrate Skinner's analysis of multiple control and introduce the terms "convergent…
Descriptors: Verbal Operant Conditioning, Children, Autism, Speech
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Bradley, Kelly P.; Poling, Alan – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2010
Results of a survey sent to members of the editorial boards of five behavior-analytic journals in 1990 indicated that there was no consensus among respondents with respect to whether delayed events can function as reinforcers (Schlinger, Blakely, Fillhard, & Poling, 1991). Since that time, several studies with nonhuman animals have demonstrated…
Descriptors: Behavioral Science Research, Reinforcement, Verbal Communication, Probability
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Critchfield, Thomas S. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2010
A popular-press self-help manual is reviewed with an eye toward two issues. First, the popularity of such books documents the existence of considerable demand for technologies that address the everyday problems (in the present case, troublesome conversations) of nondisordered individuals. Second, many ideas invoked in popular-press books may be…
Descriptors: Verbal Stimuli, Verbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Operant Conditioning
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Marcon-Dawson, Allyne; Vicars, Sara M.; Miguel, Caio F. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2009
"The Analysis of Verbal Behavior" ("TAVB") publishes experimental and theoretical papers relevant to a behavioral analysis of language. Normand, Fossa, and Poling (2000) reviewed the published studies in "TAVB" across several dimensions and found that despite the growth of the journal, most articles published in "TAVB" from 1982 to 1998 were…
Descriptors: Verbal Stimuli, Behavioral Science Research, Language of Instruction, Developmental Disabilities
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Baker, Jonathan C.; LeBlanc, Linda A.; Raetz, Paige B. – Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 2008
Aphasia is an acquired language impairment that affects over 1 million individuals, the majority of whom are over age 65 (Groher, 1989). This disorder has typically been conceptualized within a cognitive neuroscience framework, but a behavioral interpretation of aphasia is also possible. Skinner's (1957) analysis of verbal behavior proposes a…
Descriptors: Responses, Stimuli, Aphasia, Language Impairments
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