clinical setting

The role of verbal behavior in the analysis of the therapeutic process

B. F. Skinner extended the principles of classic and operant conditioning from animal research to human behavior, especially verbal behavior (Skinner, 1938, 1957); however, over time and as limitations of this proposal were identified, critics tended to multiply, both from within the behavioral paradigm and outside of it (e.g., Chomsky, 1959; Hayes & Hayes, 1989; Sundberg, 1998).