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31st Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2005

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Paper Session #220
Conceptual and Empirical Advances in Verbal Behavior
Sunday, May 29, 2005
2:30 PM–3:20 PM
Stevens 3 (Lower Level)
Area: VRB
Chair: William F. Potter (California State University, Stanislaus)
The Intraverbal
Domain: Basic Research
WILLIAM F. POTTER (California State University, Stanislaus), Michelle D Hannink (California State University, Stanislaus)
Abstract: Skinner's coverage of the intraverbal is not as in-depth as his coverage of the Tact and Mand. This presentation will examine Skinner's analysis, then extend some of his other concepts to the Intraverbal (multiple control, impure Intraverbals, etc.) Some cases in the literature of Intraverbals may be presented to illustrate more complex cases of intraverbals. The implications for application will be discussed.
A Functional Analysis of Psychological Terms Using Simulated Operant Interactions
Domain: Basic Research
SAM LEIGLAND (Gonzaga University)
Abstract: A commercially-available operant simulation program was used to explore conditions which might evoke mentalistic or psychological terms or expressions in adult human observers. After an introduction to the program and an introductory viewing of the computerized rat pressing a lever on a maintained VR 20, each of the five subjects were instructed to simply describe or explain the behavior of the rat, with special attention to the lever press response and any changes in that behavior, as often as the subject chooses and using what ever language and terms feel comfortable. The first phase consisted of observing the rat with the lever press maintained with standard patterning on a FI 60-sec., and a second phase consisted of extinction. A post-experimental survey consisted of two questions each regarding the dynamics of the observed lever press response under the conditions of the two phases. All five subjects emitted ordinary-language psychological terms or mentalistic expressions under the control of the observed conditions, both in realtime audio recording and in the post-experimental survey, which were related in various ways to the conditions observed. Several patterns observed within and between subjects will be described along with a discussion of a number of methodological issues.



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