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11th International Conference; Dublin, Ireland; 2022

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Paper Session #112
Verbal Behavior Through a Relational Perspective
Saturday, September 3, 2022
11:30 AM–12:20 PM
Meeting Level 1; Liffey Hall 2
Area: VRB
Instruction Level: Intermediate
Chair: Robert Dlouhy (Western Michigan University)
A Relational Frame Theory Approach to the Human Understanding of Time: Past, Present, and Future Research
Domain: Theory
JACOB NEUFELD (National University of Ireland, Galway), Ian T. Stewart (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Abstract: Time is a key part of the context for human behaviour and responding adaptively in terms of this dimension is critical to human personal and societal functioning. However, there is an important distinction between responding to time as a nonarbitrary dimension (i.e., the physical changes in the environment) and time as an abstract verbal concept. The latter is critical to the type of self-knowledge and societal organization that is unique to human life. Relational frame theory (RFT) sees derived relational responding, and particularly temporal relational framing, as key to this uniquely human level of responding. This presentation will a) explain temporal relational framing and discuss relevant research into this skill, b) discuss existing psychological research on time-related skill sets in humans (e.g. temporal sequencing, timing, acquisition of the clock and calendar systems, self-control, planning and time-management) and c) explore future directions in terms of how RFT can be integrated into training these repertoires.
Syntax and Relational Responding
Domain: Theory
ROBERT DLOUHY (Western Michigan University)
Abstract: It is fair to say that most twentieth-century linguists concentrated on the topology of verbal responses (i.e., syntax and morphology) rather than doing functional analyses of them. On the other hand, under the influence of Skinner, behavior analysts have favored molar over molecular functional analyses of the response products of verbal operants. A series of presentations at Association for Behavior Analysis International conventions by Dlouhy (2016-2021) has demonstrated that Skinner’s verbal behavior principles can provide detailed functional analyses of verbal responses. These analyses shed light on syntactic phenomena of interest to linguists such as parts of speech, response sequences, and classes of response configurations. These investigations were based on a reading of Skinner’s relational autoclitic of order. In this presentation, relational autoclitic of orders will be interpreted as evoking response sequences in such a way that specific relations are evoked between the responses. Furthermore, it will be proposed that relational autoclitic of orders evoke both classes of response configurations, such as transitive clauses or preposition phrases, and relational responses, which play a large part in distinguishing relational autoclitic of order types. The presentation will conclude with comments about correspondences between relational autoclitic of order and relational frames.



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