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Verbal Behavior Of Mice And Men: Preference For Multiple Schedules Of Reinforcement As An Indicator Of The Evolution Of Verbal Behavior

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Verbal Behavior Of Mice And Men: Preference For Multiple Schedules Of Reinforcement As An Indicator Of The Evolution Of Verbal Behavior

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dc.contributor.author Lewis, Adrianne Eileen en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-11T20:56:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-11T20:56:14Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-11
dc.date.submitted January 2011 en_US
dc.identifier.other DISS-11514 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10106/9577
dc.description.abstract The evolution of verbal behavior in humans is believed to have appeared in the form of a complex operant behavior. According to behaviorists, the development verbal behavior which is exclusive to Homo sapiens could have been the result of an increased sensitivity to environmental stimuli in the form of another person. Previous animal research by Roark and Kopp (2008) found that sensitivity to environmental stimuli (as indicated by a preference to respond to a multiple schedule of reinforcement) and a preference to respond to additional cues could be a precursor to the evolution of verbal behavior in Sprague Dawley rats. This research extended the aforementioned animal study to assist in establishing a methodology for examining how verbal behavior might have evolved in humans. It was found that like their non-human counterparts, individuals did in fact prefer to respond to additional environmental stimuli when given a choice of concurrent schedules of reinforcement which may be an indication of the development of verbal behavior in its most rudimentary form. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Odegard, Timothy en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Psychology en_US
dc.title Verbal Behavior Of Mice And Men: Preference For Multiple Schedules Of Reinforcement As An Indicator Of The Evolution Of Verbal Behavior en_US
dc.type M.S. en_US
dc.contributor.committeeChair Odegard, Timothy en_US
dc.degree.department Psychology en_US
dc.degree.discipline Psychology en_US
dc.degree.grantor University of Texas at Arlington en_US
dc.degree.level masters en_US
dc.degree.name M.S. en_US

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