Association for Behavior Analysis International

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32nd Annual Convention; Atlanta, GA; 2006

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Symposium #15
Applied Verbal Behavior
Saturday, May 27, 2006
1:00 PM–2:20 PM
Learning Center
Area: VRB; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jon S. Bailey (BMC, FSU, FABA)
Discussant: John L. Michael (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: Each day the members of a community exchange a myriad of verbal episodes, not all of which are spoken. From asking someone to pass the salt to writing a letter to your congressperson, all of these examples of verbal behavior serve a function. In an effort to better understand common communication in our society, a group of graduate students analyzed a few examples of such episodes. The areas of interest to be discussed are the art of the pick-up line, the language of teenagers, communication styles of men vs. women, what your car is communicating to your neighbors, and exploring the techniques of a motivational speaker.
A Behavioral Interpretation of Pulling Your Own Strings (Wayne Dyer).
KELLE WITT (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: Behavioral methods to deal with verbal coercion will be demonstrated.
He Just Doesn't Understand Me! Gender Differences in Applied Verbal Behavior.
CARA L. PHILLIPS (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: Ineffective verbal episodes between a male and female will be analyzed based on the function of the episode for the speaker, and changes for improvement will be explored.
“If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold it Against Me?” Using Verbal Behavior to Perfect Pick-Up Lines: A Practical How-To Guide.
CRISTAL E. ELWOOD (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: Visit any bar or nightclub, in any town, and you will likely observe at least one man use a pick-up line—better yet, you will likely see that man slapped by the woman he tried to pick up. Since most people—especially men who hang out in bars—do not typically read Verbal Behavior, they do not realize the error in their ways, but this paper aims to bring Verbal Behavior theory into the realm of the pick-up line, and to help men be more successful in starting conversations with women.



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