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This note is about composition—the process by which fragments of verbal behavior are combined in novel verbal forms. The note begins by discussing recent studies of morpheme combining behavior. It then outlines the concept of composition and shows how the concept implies a new direction for this...
A student laboratory procedure for teaching simple analogs of verbal behavior to pigeons is described. The three kinds of stimulus-response relations are analogs to the topography-based tact, the stimulus-selection-based tact, and receptive language. In the topography-based tact the pigeon...
Skinner’s (1957) analysis of verbal behavior has received an unwarranted amount of criticism over the years, and the recently published reviews of Verbal Behavior by U. T. Place contribute to this body of negative literature. It is argued that Place, like those before him, has failed to...
The behavioral effects of environmental events can be classified as evocative when we refer to an immediate but momentary change in behavior, and as repertoire-altering when we refer to a lasting effect that can only be observed when the situation that preceded the event is again present. The...
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