Association for Behavior Analysis International

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40th Annual Convention; Chicago, IL; 2014

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Panel #81
CE Offered: BACB
Taking Perspective: A Discussion of Research on Deictic Framing and Future Implications
Saturday, May 24, 2014
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
W179a (McCormick Place Convention Center)
Area: CBM/CSE; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: Timothy M. Weil, Ph.D.
Chair: Stephanie Caldas (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
TIMOTHY M. WEIL (University of South Florida)
DAVID E. GREENWAY (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
JOHN O'NEILL (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

Relational Frame Theory (RFT) offers a functional account of human language and cognition, and has developed a vibrant program of research since its introduction to the behavior analytic community in 1985 (Hayes & Brownstein, 1985). Research on perspective taking has been especially influential, offering a functional account for Theory of Mind with clear clinical implications. According to RFT, perspective taking involves a specific type of relational framing, deictic framing, which develops through a well-developed relational repertoire and sufficient multiple exemplars (Hayes, Barnes-Holmes, & Roche, 2001). Deictic responding abilities are positively correlated with higher cognitive ability, less delinquent behavior, and a more secure sense of self (Leader & Barnes-Holmes, 2001). Research shows that deictic framing plays an important role in typical development, while a deficit in deictic framing ability can result in the development of clinical difficulties such as social anhedonia and schizophrenia (Vilardaga et al., 2012, Villatte et al., 2010). Research on perspective taking could translate beyond clinical interventions, to cultural, community, and organizational contexts This panel will discuss updated research on deictic framing and perspective taking, with particular emphasis on the implications of basic research to the development of interdisciplinary intervention programs that can foster social change.

Keyword(s): Deictic Framing, Perspective Taking, RFT



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