The operational analysis of psychological terms.

@article{Skinner1945TheOA,
  title={The operational analysis of psychological terms.},
  author={Burrhus F. Skinner},
  journal={Psychological Review},
  year={1945},
  volume={52},
  pages={270-277}
}
  • B. Skinner
  • Published 1 September 1945
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Review
The major contributions of operationism have been negative, largely because operationists failed to distinguish logical theories of reference from empirical accounts of language. Behaviorism never finished an adequate formulation of verbal reports and therefore could not convincingly embrace subjective terms. But verbal responses to private stimuli can arise as social products through the contingencies of reinforcement arranged by verbal communities. In analyzing traditional psychological terms… Expand
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