Experimental Analysis of Naming Behavior Cannot Explain Naming Capacity


Harnad, Stevan (1996) Experimental Analysis of Naming Behavior Cannot Explain Naming Capacity. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 65, 262-264.

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An explanation like this is impossible from just the experimental analysis of behavior: one must also hypothesize and then analyze the internal structures and processes that generate the capacity to exhibit the behavior (Harnad 1982, 1984). It is only from such research that we will come to understand the origins of naming and symbolic behavior (Harnad 1995b). -- An internal representational analysis of the honest-toil vs. symbolic-theft distinction might even cast some explanatory light on Skinner's named but unexplicated distinction between contingency-based and ruled-governed behavior (Skinner 1984b).

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [Invited Commentary on Horne & Lowe: "On the Origins of Naming and Other Symbolic Behavior" Journal for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior"]
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 252902
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2000
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:55
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ISI Citation Count:7
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/252902

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