Event Details:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Importance of Listener Behavior in Language Acquisition

Special Event - Professional Continuing Education Series

Join us for this workshop that is part of our intermediate to advanced-level workshop series for human services and behavioral healthcare professionals working in clinical, educational, medical, and rehabilitation settings.

Speaker: David C. Palmer, Ph.D.

Description: The function of speech is, in part, to induce the listener to speak along with the speaker. We do so when we "pay attention" to a speaker. Other discriminative behavior also occurs, often in a cascade of responses, as when the speaker is telling a story, and we follow along in a rich private "movie." (Reader behavior is analogous, if not identical, in relevant respects.) Subsequent behavior of the listener is controlled both by spoken stimuli and by the stimulus products of one's own listener behavior, both verbal and nonverbal. The behavior of the listener is commonly unobservable, but even so the role of listener behavior should not be neglected in experimental of therapeutic settings.

CE approved for: 1.0 BCBA; 1.0 APA

May Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. May Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Register Below. Registration is required for all who attend. Registration for this event does commit you for attendance at this CE workshop. If you need to cancel, cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to the event by e-mail to

Fee: $30 for guests; May Institute employees may attend free-of-charge. Guests can pay by CHECK ONLY on the day of the event.

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