Association for Behavior Analysis International

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34th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2008

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Paper Session #46
Verbal Behavior and Conditional Discriminations
Saturday, May 24, 2008
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Stevens 4
Area: VRB
Chair: William F. Potter (California State University, Stanislaus)
Responding to Complex Stimuli.
Domain: Applied Research
WILLIAM F. POTTER (California State University, Stanislaus)
Abstract: Humans are particularly capable of responding to complex antecedent stimuli, such as vocal verbal behavior. While Behavior Analysts have examined simpler stimulus control, little investigation has taken place on how this occurs. This presentation will examine some of the research in this area and how other areas of psychology (e.g. cognitive) have addressed this topic.
Verbal Conditional Discriminations in the Intraverbal Relation: A Review and Recommendations.
Domain: Applied Research
JUDAH B. AXE (The Ohio State University)
Abstract: Intraverbal behavior is evoked by verbal stimuli that lack point-to-point correspondence with the response (Skinner, 1957). The speaker is often required to make conditional discriminations among verbal stimuli in order to produce a reinforced intraverbal response. Although behavior analysis research has a long history of studying conditional discriminations, this research has primarily used nonverbal stimuli. To advance our use of Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior to teach language to children with developmental disabilities, we need to analyze intraverbal behavior with respect to making verbal conditional discriminations. Verbal conditional discriminations require speakers to respond to complex verbal stimuli in which one verbal stimulus alters the evocative effect of another verbal stimulus. This paper reviewed research on intraverbal training and conversation skills training and found little evidence of research on verbal conditional discriminations. Recommendations for future research on verbal conditional discriminations are discussed.



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