Listening is behaving verbally.

  title={Listening is behaving verbally.},
  author={Henry D. Schlinger},
  journal={The Behavior analyst},
  volume={31 2},
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior, it may be important to reconsider the role of the listener in the verbal episode. Although by Skinner's own admission, Verbal Behavior was primarily about the behavior of the speaker, his definition of verbal behavior as "behavior reinforced through the mediation of other persons" (1957, p. 2) focused on the behavior of the listener. But because many of the behaviors of the listener are fundamentally no… CONTINUE READING