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B.F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior, Part 2

5 hours, 7 minutes
6.0 BACB

“It is essential that behavior analysts begin the serious study of verbal behavior and all its complexities if we are to participate in the efforts to solve the world’s problems.”  

Mark L. Sundberg, PhD, BCBA


Verbal behavior is a topic that is most associated with a clinical setting. One of the main targets for clinicians, particularly for early intervention, is teaching mands (likely related to snacks or iPads), tacts, and intraverbals. However, the concepts of verbal behavior are present in everyday interactions and impact how we communicate with others. In this course, Dr. Sundberg will discuss the latter half of Skinner’s book, “Verbal Behavior” explaining the terms posited by Skinner and the development and conditions which evoke verbal behavior, giving clinical and non-clinical examples. Dr. Sundberg will also present more recent research that expands on Skinner’s verbal behavior theories, as well as the development and use of self-editing to monitor how and what we say around others. 

Learning Objectives

What you’ll learn in the course and be able to do afterward

  1. Explain the role of a listener in verbal behavior, as discussed by Skinner 
  2. After defining the verbal extensions, private events, and autoclitics, you will learn to: 
    • explain how each verbal extension relates to the generalization of verbal behavior; 
    • give examples of the two types of multiple control. 
  3. Discuss the importance of verbal behavior research and learn to: 
    • give examples of applications of verbal behavior; 
    • explain the role of conditional discrimination in verbal behavior. 
  4. Define self-editing and learn to: 
    • give examples of self-editing; 
    • explain the role of punishment and its effect on verbal behavior; 
    • explain the four-types of problems in self-editing. 


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