The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 194–204 | Cite as

Selection-Based Instruction with Touch-Screen Video and the Emergence of Exact, Recombinative, and Novel Topography-Based Responses to Interview Questions

Special Section: The Intraverbal Relation


The purpose of the present experiment was to replicate and extend the literature on using selection-based instruction to teach responses to interview questions by (a) evaluating the emergence of recombinative (i.e., combinations of taught) and novel (i.e., untaught) topography-based intraverbal responses, in addition to exact repetitions of taught responses, (b) providing a measure of social validity for the emergent response subtypes, and (c) including a touch-screen video interviewing component. Participants were two young adult males with a learning disability who attended a local vocational development center. Increases in accurate intraverbal responding and decreases in inaccurate responding across most interview questions were observed in both participants at posttest. Increases in the number of accurate recombinative responses were observed for both participants, and increases in accurate exact responses were observed for one participant. One accurate novel response was observed at posttest for each participant. Results suggest that selection-based instruction can generate appropriate topography-based responses that sound unscripted and the addition of a video component was viable.


Interview skills training Intraverbal Lag reinforcement schedule Selection-based responding Topography-based responding Video 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Behavior Analysis and Therapy, Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Illinois University CarbondaleCarbondaleUSA

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