CE approved for: 1.0 BCBA; 1.0 APA
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.