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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 complexity, can be studied and understood Show More


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Introduction to Verbal Behavior
A brief introduction to verbal behavior by Professor Charlie Catania
Tags: language, behavior analysis
Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Family Discussion Tactics
First in a series of three on family conversation habits: Winners and Losers.
Tags: parenting, conversations, verbal behavior
Raising Good Kids in Tough Times: Talking About Terrorism
Parenting tips relating to talking to children about terrorism.
Tags: parenting, terrorism, conversations
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.
Tags: parenting, conversations, language, verbal behavior
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.
Tags: language, behavior analysis, parenting
Your Language Makes a Difference
This article discusses the importance of modeling good language when talking with teens. In a desperate need for identity and to "be somebody," these teens selected the worst examples from movies and TV which often justify profanity as ordinary and realistic.
Tags: parenting, language, verbal behavior

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