ERIC Number: EJ886043
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
The Impact of Skinner's "Verbal Behavior": A Response to Dymond and Alonso-Alvarez
Schlinger, Henry D., Jr.
Psychological Record, v60 n2 p361-368 Spr 2010
In their reply to my recent article in this journal, "The Long Good-bye: Why B. F. Skinner's "Verbal Behavior" Is Alive and Well on the 50th Anniversary of Its Publication" (Schlinger, 2008a), Dymond and Alonso-Alvarez (2010) assert that I neglected to mention a controversial debate within behavior analysis about the consistency of Skinner's interpretation in "Verbal Behavior" (1957) and that I failed to acknowledge more recent accounts of verbal behavior, most notably, relational frame theory. Furthermore, these authors claim that Skinner's book has had very little impact on empirical research. In responding to their concerns, I reiterate that the interpretation in "Verbal Behavior" is consistent with the extant principles of behavior and that it has generated both practical applications and empirical research.
Descriptors: Verbal Stimuli, Interpersonal Relationship, Teaching Methods, Disabilities, Psychologists, Book Reviews, Behavior
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