The Long Good-Bye: Why B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior is Alive and Well on the 50Th Anniversary of Its Publication

  title={The Long Good-Bye: Why B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior is Alive and Well on the 50Th Anniversary of Its Publication},
  author={Henry D Schlinger},
  journal={The Psychological Record},
  • H. Schlinger
  • Published 22 June 2008
  • Psychology
  • The Psychological Record
The year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of B. F. Skinner’s Verbal Behavior, a book that by Skinner’s own account was his most important. the received view, however, is that a devastating review by a young linguist not only rendered Skinner’s interpretation of language moot but was also a major factor in ending the hegemony of behaviorism in psychology and paving the way for a cognitive revolution. Nevertheless, in taking stock of Verbal Behavior and behaviorism, both appear… 
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The Impact of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A Response to Dymond and Alonso-Álvarez
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The Hefferline Notes: B. F. Skinner’s First Public Exposition of His Analysis of Verbal Behavior
  • T. Knapp
  • Psychology
    The Analysis of verbal behavior
  • 2009
The Hefferline Notes are significant because they display Skinner’s analysis as it made the transition from spoken to written form; moreover, they are an effective supplemental source of examples and early approximations for comprehending Skinner's functional verbal operants.
The Selective Impact of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior on Empirical Research: A Reply to Schlinger (2008)
In a recent article, Schlinger (2008) marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior (1957) by considering its impact on the field of behaviorism and research on verbal
Constructs and Events in Verbal Behavior
  • M. Fryling
  • Psychology
    The Analysis of verbal behavior
  • 2013
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Listening is behaving verbally
It is suggested that listening involves subvocal verbal behavior and it is concluded that there may be no functional distinction between speaking and listening.
Recollections of Jack Michael and the Application of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior
  • M. Sundberg
  • Psychology
    The Analysis of verbal behavior
  • 2017
Some of my recollections of Jack's work on verbal behavior as his student, graduate teaching assistant, and research collaborator during that time period are presented.
Extending B. F. Skinner's Selection by Consequences to Personality Change, Implicit Theories of Intelligence, Skill Learning, and Language
  • M. Goddard
  • Psychology
    Review of General Psychology
  • 2018
In a rooftop office, above a Minneapolis flour mill in 1943, B. F. Skinner discovered “shaping” by training a pigeon to send a small wooden ball down a miniature alley to hit a set of toy pins.
On Certain Similarities Between Mainstream Psychology and the Writings of B. F. Skinner
Abstractselected writings of B. F. Skinner are compared to 5 current topics in mainstream psychology, including the role of the unconscious, human language, the role of dispositions in psychology,
Upon Further Reflection—The Affinity of Noam Chomsky and B. F. Skinner
Comparisons between Noam Chomsky and B. F. Skinner show several striking affinities with respect to their biographical history, academic roots, apprehensions about capitalism and the media, and their


The case against B. F. Skinner 45 years later: An encounter with N. Chomsky
To invite Chomsky to revisit a number of matters concerning the review, he was interviewed and the principal topics addressed were historical factors associated with behaviorism after World War II and his current point of view on aspects of the content of his review and on the evolution of behavior analysis.
On Chomsky’s appraisal of Skinner’s Verbal Behavior: A half century of misunderstanding
Noel Chomsky’s recent reflections on his review are analyzed, and his remarks about the place of Skinner's work in science reveal misunderstandings so great that they undercut the credibility of the review substantially.
Verbal Behavior: The other reviews
  • T. Knapp
  • Psychology
    The Analysis of verbal behavior
  • 1992
An examination of the receptive history of Verbal Behavior offers a more balanced historical account than those which rely excessively on Chomsky’s commentary.
Skinner's Verbal Behavior
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A Review of B. F. Skinner's Verbal Behavior
I had intended this review not specifically as a criticism of Skinner's speculations regarding language, but rather as a more general critique of behaviorist (I would now prefer to say "empiricist")
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Empirical Applications of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior with Humans
A growing body of research exists to support many of the tenets of Skinner’s conceptualization and taxonomy but many areas of verbal behavior research have yet to be addressed.
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The small proportion of empirical studies suggests that Skinner’s Verbal Behavior is primarily cited for reasons other than as source material for research hypotheses in the study of verbal behavior.
Verbal behavior.
  • J. Michael
  • Psychology
    Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
  • 1984
Three major themes are considered: the operant conditioning of adult verbal behavior, learning to be an effective speaker and listener, and developments directly related to Skinner's Verbal Behavior.