Perspect Behav Sci https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-018-0159-4 COMMENTARY David C. Palmer Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018 Abstract The power of stories derives, not from the verbal stimuli themselves, but from the interaction of such stimuli with the on-going idiosyncratic behavior of the listener. This interaction produces behavioral effects that go far beyond what might be expected from a consideration of the narrative as an arrangement of verbal stimuli. . . Keywords Covert behavior Narrative Verbal behavior Hineline (2018) pointed out that stories play a central role in human affairs. A good story will be told and retold, perhaps indefinitely through time and across cultures. Noting that behavior analysts hitherto have had little to say about the subject, he identified a number of basic processes in narratives that appear to be relevant to the behavior of both speaker and listener. His thesis reminded me of an episode in Walden Two in which the narrator reflected on his teaching career: What distressed me was the clear evidence that my teaching had missed the mark. I could understand why young and irresponsible spirits might forget much of what I had taught them, but I could never reconcile myself to the uncanny precision with which
The Behavior Analyst – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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