Relational frame theory and Skinner's Verbal Behavior: A possible synthesis.

  title={Relational frame theory and Skinner's Verbal Behavior: A possible synthesis.},
  author={Dermot Barnes-Holmes and Yvonne Barnes-Holmes and Valerie Cullinan},
  journal={The Behavior analyst},
  volume={23 1},
The current article suggests a possible synthesis of Skinner's (1957) treatment of verbal behavior with the more recent behavioral interpretation of language known as relational frame theory. The rationale for attempting to combine these two approaches is first outlined. Subsequently, each of the verbal operants described by Skinner is examined and subjected to a relational frame analysis. In each case, two types of operants are identified; one based on direct contingencies of reinforcement and… CONTINUE READING
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