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Verbal behavior

Willem J.M. Levelt

in A History of Psycholinguistics

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653669
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191742040 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653669.003.0008
Verbal behavior

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This chapter explores the various anti-mentalistic behaviorist approaches to psycholinguistics that appeared within a span of fifty years. It studies behaviorism, which became the primary epistemology in US psychology and linguistics, and ‘objectivism’. It then shifts to Charles Osgood's neobehavioristic mediation theory, which served as the jumping board for the ‘cognitive revolution’ of the late 1950s and 1960s.

Keywords: verbal behavior; anti-mentalistic behaviorist approaches; psycholinguistics; behaviorism; US psychology; objectivism; Charles Osgood; neobehavioristic mediation theory; cognitive revolution

Chapter.  21303 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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