The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 27–41 | Cite as

The Effects of Multiple-Tact and Receptive-Discrimination Training on the Acquisition of Intraverbal Behavior

  • Caio F. Miguel
  • Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir
  • James E. Carr


The purpose of this study was to determine whether multiple-tact training and receptive-discrimination training could be used to teach thematically related vocal intraverbals to typically developing preschool children. Multiple-tact training involved teaching a child to name both the item and the category to which the item belonged. Receptive-discrimination training consisted of teaching a child to select a picture card in the presence of a question from the experimenter regarding the item or its category. When neither of these strategies resulted in substantial increases in intraverbal responses, a typical intraverbal training protocol using tact prompts was implemented. Six typically developing children participated in the study. A multiple-baseline design across word categories was used to evaluate the effects of the three training procedures. Results indicated that both multiple-tact and receptive-discrimination training had minimal effects on the strength of the intraverbal repertoire, whereas direct intraverbal training had a more substantial effect. The results provide some evidence of the functional independence of verbal operants, as well as the independence of listener and speaker repertoires. Receptive-discrimination and multiple-tact training may have facilitated acquisition of intraverbals; however, further research is needed to assess how these repertoires might interact with each other.

Key Words

intraverbal tact receptive discrimination verbal behavior language development and typically-developing children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Caio F. Miguel
    • 1
  • Anna Ingeborg Petursdottir
    • 1
  • James E. Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWestern Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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