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Verbal Behavior

Verbal Behavior: Language Funct CH17 PSYC 210

Dictation Taking
Impure Tact
Textual Behavior
Garden Path Sentences Grammatically correct sentence that starts in such a way that the reader's most likely interpretation will be incorrect. Meant to mislead. eg. The old man the boat. The man returned to his home was happy.
Verbal Behavior Any behavior involving words without regard to modality (form). Involves both a speaker and a listener. eg. Talking to yourself is verbal behavior.
Point-to-Point Correspondence
Formal Similarity
Verbal Stimulus
Verbal Operants
Role of Structure and Function in Language Structure of Language: Grammer and Syntax "Action-Agent, Subject-Verb" provide the structural rules for the composition of verbal behavior. Function is also important, gram class'ion does not tell us how a sent. was produced or the conseq. of behavior.
Matching of Response Products to Sense Modalities Vocal/ Speech ---- Hearing Writing ------------Visual Braille --------------Touch Gestures( signaling. pointing)-----Visual
Role of "Understanding" as it relates to Verbal Operants
Language is: Behavior. A Social Endeavor. Learned. Modifiable by its consequences. Evoked by antecedent stim and a history of learning. Arbitraty but involves consistent verbal community.
HOW did we come to use language? Anatomical Changes (Phylogenic/ Natural Selection) We developed the vocal musculature that was required for the production for varied sounds. The jaw musculature was reduced for finer control of the mandible.
WHY did we come to use language? To affect the behavior of the LISTENER. To get them to do what we need/want them to do.
The verbal responses we EMIT are DISTINGUISHED by... The OCCASIONS on which they occur (antecedents); The CONSEQUENCES they produce.
The verbal responses we EMIT... Can be OCCASIONED by verbal or nonverbal stimuli (antecedents); Can have verbal or nonverbal CONSEQUENCES.
Created by: Yourdanos