Verbal Behavior & Language


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Welcome to Cambridge Center's section dedicated to verbal behavior. Behavioral science views language as verbal behavior (e.g., speaking, writing, signing) that comes about by interacting with others, called the verbal community. From this view, verbal behavior, in all of its complexityShow More

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PDF CCBS Online Brochure
A downloadable PDF describing our organization, mission, programs and the people who volunteer their time and effort, our Board of Directors, Trustees and Advisors.


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PDF Hefferline Notes
A joint venture among the Center, the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and David Palmer leads to the publication of a .pdf document of the Hefferline Notes, Ralph Hefferline's notes on Skinner's lectures on verbal behavior at Columbia University in the summer of 1947. David Palmer created the searchable document and Edward Anderson funded the project.
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PDF Introduction to Verbal Behavior
A brief introduction to verbal behavior by Professor Charlie Catania
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PDF Verbal Behavior: William James Lectures
By agreement among the Center, the B.F. Skinner Foundation, and David Palmer, The William James Lectures are published as a .pdf document. These lectures were given by Skinner in 1948 at Harvard University as a precursor to Verbal Behavior (1957). The searchable document was created by David Palmer and funding was provided by Edward Anderson.
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VID Mark Sundberg
A trailer on Mark Sundberg to introduce the Continuing Education Biography Series
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PDF Verbal Behavior - Recommended Reading beyond behavior.org
Recommended, linked, articles and books on verbal behavior.
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PDF Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Family Discussion Tactics
First in a series of three on family conversation habits: Winners and Losers.
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PDF Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Talking About Terrorism
Parenting tips relating to talking to children about terrorism.
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PDF Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: What's the Right Thing to Say?
Talking with kids at a family gathering can challenge your conversational skills. The usual questions so easily handled by the adults may not work. If the pace is too quick, a child or teen can be terrified of making an embarrassing flub.
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PDF Talking with Kids: The Early Years
Even before your child can talk to you, what, how often, and how much you say to your child can have a profound impact on their language and learning abilities later. Researchers at the University of Kansas have found that the number and quality of the words a child hears in the early years of life have a tremendous impact on the fundamental circuits in the human brain. A child's vocabulary development is closely tied to their early language experiences and to their ability to think rationally, solve problems, and reason abstractly.
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