ERIC Number: EJ1052588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Reference Count: 43
Constructs and Events in Verbal Behavior
Fryling, Mitch J.
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v29 p157-165 2013
Skinner's (1957) analysis of verbal behavior has been the subject of much controversy in recent years. While criticism has historically come from outside the field of behavior analysis, there are now well-articulated arguments against Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior from within the field as well. Recently, advocates of Skinner's analysis have attempted to respond to the critiques, particularly to those regarding Skinner's definition of verbal behavior articulated by proponents of relational frame theory. Specifically, it has been suggested that talk about definitions equates to making the essentialist error. This paper provides an overview of these issues in the context of understanding the role of constructs in science more generally. It will be argued that definitions are central to scientific progress, and are not only relevant to a functional analysis, but a central prerequisite to the pursuit of such an analysis.
Descriptors: Verbal Communication, Behavioral Science Research, Definitions, Animals, Natural Resources, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Criticism, Role
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