Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Workshop #W24
CE Offered: PSY/BACB
B. F. Skinner's Analysis of Verbal Behavior
Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 AM–3:00 PM
W183a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: VRB/TPC; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D.
MARK L. SUNDBERG (Sundberg and Associates)
Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to the basic elements of Skinner's (1957) analysis of verbal behavior. Participants will be taken through the main points of the first five chapters of Skinner's book. That content will teach the participant how to define, classify, and exemplify Skinner's elementary verbal operants (i.e., echoic, mand, tact, intraverbal, textual). Additional topics briefly covered will include motivating operations, multiple control, private events, verbal extensions, automatic contingencies, and autoclitics.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to (1) provide the technical definition of Skinner's elementary verbal operants (i.e., echoic, mand, tact, intraverbal, textual); (2) classify examples of verbal behavior as mands, tacts, intraverbals, etc.; (3) provide examples of each verbal operant; (4) define and exemplify the motivating operation (MO); (5) define and exemplify Skinner's analysis of multiple control; and (6) define and exemplify autoclitic verbal relations.
Activities: Participants will participate in didactic presentations, discussions, and exercises in the classification of verbal behavior. Handouts will be provided to each attendee that will provide information on each topic, as well as exercises related to those topics.
Audience: Participants, including BACB certificants and licensed psychologists, should have formal training in behavior analysis, and interest in learning or reviewing the basic aspects of Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior.
Content Area: Theory
Instruction Level: Intermediate



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