Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Invited Tutorial #150
CE Offered: BACB
Verbal Mediation as Behavior
Sunday, May 25, 2014
9:00 AM–9:50 AM
W183a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: VRB; Domain: Theory
BACB CE Offered. CE Instructor: Caio F. Miguel, Ph.D.
Chair: Anna I. Petursdottir (Texas Christian University)
Presenting Authors: : CAIO F. MIGUEL (California State University, Sacramento)

Humans often solve problems by engaging in a variety of strategies, some of which involve sequences of covert verbal behavior. The purpose of this talk is to discuss how verbal behavior serves to mediate complex performances such as stimulus categorization. Dr. Miguel will present several studies that have directly manipulated verbal behavior to produce both novel verbal and nonverbal behavior such as arbitrary matching, visual categorization, and analogical responding. Evidence for verbal mediation comes from positive performances on complex conditional discrimination tasks after the use of speaker training alone, and also from spontaneous vocalizations on the specific verbal strategies utilized by participants during or after task completion. He will argue that behavior analysts should continue investigating verbal mediation as a problem-solving strategy, especially in applied settings.

CAIO F. MIGUEL (California State University, Sacramento)
Dr. Caio Miguel received his B.A. in psychology from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo and his Ph.D. in applied behavior analysis from Western Michigan University. Dr. Miguel is an associate professor of psychology at California State University, Sacramento. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Sao Paulo--Brazil. Dr. Miguel is the past-editor (2009-2011) and current associate editor of the journal The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and currently serves on the editorial boards of many behavioral journals including the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior and the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Dr. Miguel has given more than 100 professional presentations about behavior analysis and verbal behavior and has had more than 40 papers published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. His research focuses on the development of verbal and verbally mediated behaviors in children with and without disabilities.
Keyword(s): analogical reasoning, categorization, verbal mediation



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