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About the presentation: 

We often solve problems by engaging in mediating strategies such as talking to ourselves. In order to accurately use and respond to these strategies, we must understand what we are saying. The term bidirectional naming (BiN) has been used to describe the integration of both listener and speaker behaviors that leads to speaking with understanding. In this talk, I will describe a series of studies showing that in the absence of either speaker or listener behaviors, participants often fail to solve problems in the form of matching-to-sample and categorization tasks. These results suggest that to solve complex tasks participants must be verbal. More specifically, they must react to the products of their own verbal behavior as listeners. Thus, I will propose that the BiN repertoire is one of the most important skills to be taught during early intensive behavioral intervention.

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will be able to define bidirectional naming as a generalized operant and how it develops in typically developing children
2. Students will be able to understand how common and intraverbal bidirectional naming can aid in problem solving
3. Students will learn different ways to program for bidirectional naming

About the presenter:

Dr. Caio Miguel is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Verbal Behavior Research Laboratory at California State University, Sacramento. He holds adjunct appointments at Endicott College, MA., and at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He is the past-editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior (TAVB) and currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) Dr. Miguel’s research focuses on the study of verbal and verbally-mediated behaviors. He has given hundreds of professional presentations in North America, South America and Europe, and has had over 60 manuscripts published in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. He is the recipient of the 2013-2014 award for outstanding scholarly work by the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies at Sacramento State, and the 2014 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Student Committee of the Association for Behavior Analysis International.