Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

2.6 Distinguishing Feature of Verbal Behavior

In fact, there is only one feature of verbal behavior that sets it significantly apart from non-verbal behavior in Skinner’s analysis: the nature of the reinforcement that establishes and maintains it. Skinner has defined verbal behavior as behavior that is reinforced through the mediation of another person.

Verbal Behavior



reinforced through the mediation of another person

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