Cancelled: Verbal Behavior, Stage One: The Basic Verbal Operants – 1/29/19

Verbal Behavior, Stage One: The Basic Verbal Operants

 Professor A. Charles Catania

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  • Date: Tuesday, 1/29/19
  • Time: 10:00am-1:00pm

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Verbal behavior is built upon nonverbal behavior, and this webinar will show how the basic verbal operants are shaped by the same kinds of contingencies as operate for behavior in general.  We’ll review the basic verbal classes (e.g., echoic behavior, manding, tacting, intraverbals, autoclitics) as introduced by Skinner, especially in his book, Verbal Behavior, and as they’ve since evolved.  We’ll examine how the formal classes (echoic, textual, transcription and dictation-taking behavior) provide for the replication of verbal units, and we’ll discover a crucial distinction between physical and verbal units.  We’ll see how reinforcement enters into the higher-order verbal class called manding, in which what someone says gets someone else to do something, and we’ll see how stimulus control enters into the class called tacting, in which verbal communities shape verbal responses that come to depend on antecedent stimuli.  Extensions of these relations lead us to consider naming and other higher-order classes, abstraction, the role of verbal behavior in our judgments of our own behavior and our reports of private events, and the multiple causation of verbal behavior.

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants should be able to:
(1) interpret instances of verbal behavior by identifying the different verbal classes that have come together to produce them
(2) identify the formal classes and the verbal rather than physical dimensions that define the relations between verbal stimuli and verbal responses (e.g., as in echoic behavior)
(3) describe how the tact relation differs fundamentally from accounts that discuss words in terms of their meanings or referents.
(4) distinguish between specific mands versus manding as a higher-order class of behavior.
(5) identify at least four different varieties of extensions of the tact.


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Continuing Education and Professional Development:

  • Certified Behavior Analysts/Licensed Behavior Analysts: 3 type II CEs
  • Psychologists: N/A
  • Social Workers/Certified Counselors: N/A
  • Teachers/RBTs/Other professionals: This event may be eligible for continuing education or professional development hours. Speak with a representative at your organization or your supervisor for approval.

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10:00 am: Introduction
10:05 am: Presentation begins
11:30 am: 10 minute break
11:40 am: First Q&A Session- submit questions via chat
11:50 am: Presentation resumes
12:45 pm: Q&A submit questions for chat
1:00 pm: Posttest, Evaluation and submit attendance codes


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Charles Catania is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he co-founded the MA track in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Human Services Psychology program.  He is Past-President of the Association for Behavior Analysis and of Division 25 of the American Psychological Association. He has been Editor of the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior​ and Associate Editor for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior for the journal, ​Behavioral and Brain Sciences​.  He is author of more than 200 journal articles and chapters, and his books include ​Learning​, now in its 5​th​ edition, Variations and Selections​ (co-edited with Philip N. Hineline), the Definitive Edition of B. F. Skinner’s ​Cumulative Record​ (co-edited with Victor G. Laties) and, most recently, ​The ABCs of Behavior Analysis​.He is presently working on a new book, The Evolution of a Science: A Brief History of Behavior Analysis in the Twentieth Century, with co-authors Nancy Neef and Victor G. Laties.


Presenter Disclosure Statement

Dr. Catania receives speaker fees for presenting for ABAC. Dr. Catania receives royalties for the sale of his books, some of which may be mentioned during this event. Atendees will be given in a link to purchase Dr. Catania’s current book, The ABCs of  Behavior Analysis, at a discounted price.



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