Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


48th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2022

Event Details

Previous Page


Panel #505
CE Offered: BACB
Future Directions in Verbal Behavior Research
Monday, May 30, 2022
12:00 PM–12:50 PM
Meeting Level 2; Room 255
Area: VRB/PCH; Domain: Translational
CE Instructor: Andresa De Souza, Ph.D.
Chair: Andresa De Souza (University of Missouri St. Louis)
TIFFANY KODAK (Marquette University)
CAIO F. MIGUEL (California State University, Sacramento)
DAVID C. PALMER (Smith College)

In his book Verbal Behavior, Skinner (1957) presented a behavior-analytic view of language and cognition in humans. As such, he set the stage for an area of research focused on the explanation and the empirical evaluation of the conditions under which verbal behavior is emitted (Oah & Dickisnon, 1989). In 1991, Sundberg published the article 301 Research Topics from Skinner’s Book Verbal Behavior, calling for the experimental analysis of behavior processes involved in verbal behavior and suggesting a gap in the literature. The years that followed were marked by an increase in verbal behavior research across different topics and populations (De Souza et al., 2017; Sautter & LeBlanc, 2006). Despite the increasing number of verbal behavior studies, many topics are yet to be explored and several others need further investigation. In this panel, members of the ABAI Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group (VB-SIG) will highlight advancements in the empirical literature and provide directions for future research towards the understanding of verbal behavior processes from a conceptual and applied perspective.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Behavior Analysts, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, students in behavior analysis, service providers.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to: 1. Discuss one future direction for research in verbal behavior. 2. Discuss a second future direction for research in verbal behavior. 3. Discuss a third future direction for research in verbal behavior.
Keyword(s): Applied Research, Future Directions, Research Topics, Verbal Behavior



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh