Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Invited Tutorial #52
CE Offered: BACB
Tutorial: The Evolution of Skinner's Thinking about Verbal Behavior
Saturday, May 26, 2007
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Douglas B
Area: VRB; Domain: Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D.
Chair: Matthew P. Normand (Florida Institute of Technology)
Presenting Authors: : JULIE S. VARGAS (B. F. Skinner Foundation), Ernest A. Vargas (B. F. Skinner Foundation)

B. F. Skinner took over 20 years to complete his book Verbal Behavior. In this talk, we address the development of his analysis. Our sources include major life events, publications, and notes Skinner wrote over the years, especially those written for his 1947 William James Lectures. We discuss the notes he made after the books publication in 1957. As with any evolutionary development, we also point to the effect of his analysis and to some of the directions in which it is now going.

JULIE S. VARGAS (B. F. Skinner Foundation), Ernest A. Vargas (B. F. Skinner Foundation)
Dr. Julie S. Vargas is currently president of the B. F. Skinner Foundation and a former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis. She has taught at all levels from third grade to university graduate courses. Dr. Vargas is author of three books as well as articles, chapters, and encyclopedia entries. Her interests include instructional design, the life and work of B. F. Skinner, and verbal behavior.



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