Instructor: Henry Schlinger

Henry Schlinger
Henry D. (Hank) Schlinger Jr. received his Ph.D. in Psychology (applied behavior analysis) from Western Michigan University under the supervision of Jack Michael. He then completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral pharmacology with Alan Poling. Dr. Schlinger was a full tenured professor of psychology at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., before moving to Los Angeles in 1998. He is now professor of psychology and former director of the M. S. Program in Applied Behavior Analysis in the Department of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles. 
Dr. Schlinger has published more than 70 scholarly articles and commentaries in more than 25 different journals. He also has authored or co-authored three books, Psychology: A Behavioral Overview (1990), A Behavior-Analytic View of Child Development (1995) (which was translated into Japanese) and Introduction to Scientific Psychology (1998). He is past editor of The Analysis of Verbal Behavior and The Behavior Analyst and on the editorial boards of several other journals. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology at Western Michigan University in 2012 and the Jack Michael Award for Outstanding Contributions in Verbal Behavior from the Verbal Behavior Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in 2015.

Classes by this instructor

Function-Altering Effects of Verbal and Nonverbal Stimuli
FUNCTION-ALTERING EFFECTS OF VERBAL AND NONVERBAL STIMULI - BEHP1164 Presents the concept of function-altering operations as it relates to respondent, operant and other conditioning effects; verbal stimuli; and applied and therapeutic interventions. Covers the implications of the function-altering concept for how basic concepts in behavior analysis (e.g., reinforcement) are defined. Discusses rules and rule-governed behavior.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
Conditioning the Behavior of the Listener
CONDITIONING THE BEHAVIOR OF THE LISTENER - BEHP1165 Outlines Skinner's role in the discussion of rule-governed behavior in behavior analysis, and conditioning the behavior of the listener in his book, Verbal Behavior (1957). Covers how it should have laid the foundation for his view on rules, but didn't. Suggests that if the term rules should be retained, it should be for the function-altering effects of verbal stimuli that Skinner described when the listener's behavior is conditioned.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
A Behavioral Approach to Consciousness

A BEHAVIORAL APPROACH TO CONSCIOUSNESS - BEHP1166 Presents a behavior-analytic perspective on consciousness. Begins by tracing the concept in psychology from Wundt to James to Watson, and on to modern studies of consciousness. Follows Skinner's (1945) operational analysis of psychological terms by looking at the circumstances that cause someone to report that he, she or someone else is conscious. Also covers the history of reinforcement responsible for such behaviors.

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July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
Hearing, Listening and Auditory Imaging
HEARING, LISTENING AND AUDITORY IMAGINING - BEHP1167 Contrasts traditional psychological and behavior analytic views on sensation and perception, and use the principles of behavior analysis to interpret the topics of hearing, listening and auditory imagining. Concludes that listening and (auditory) imagining consists of behaviors (either observed or unobserved) under certain kinds of stimulus control.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
A Critical Look at the Concept of Reinforcement
A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE CONCEPT OF REINFORCEMENT - BEHP1168 Looks critically at the concept of reinforcement beginning with Thorndike's Law of Effect. Evaluates standard definitions of reinforcement, where they came from and notes commonalities. Goes on to suggest alternative definitions that correct for some problems with the standard definitions. Examines implications for processes named reinforcement that are not consistent with any definition of reinforcement (e.g., NCR, DRO) and for behavior analysts' verbal behavior about reinforcement.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
The Importance of Analysis in ABA - BEHP1215 Discusses the meaning of the term analysis both generally and within behavior analysis, including whether analysis is a consistent part of applied behavior analysis (ABA). Lists and describes seven ways analysis can be incorporated into ABA. Looks at the origin and meaning of the term (experimental) analysis, compares it to the term functional analysis and addresses the question: To what extent is the analytic dimension of applied behavior analysis (ABA) present in applied behavior analytic research and practice? Describes the role of analysis in applied behavior analytic research. Discusses seven levels of experimental analysis practitioners can carry out to better understand the behaviors of their clients and the people in the client's life.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2
Reflections on Verbal Behavior at 60
Reflections on Verbal Behavior at 60 - BEHP1216 Reflects on 60 years of Skinner's Verbal Behavior, beginning with a brief description of the conditions under which Skinner began writing the book and describing the controversy ignited when Chomsky (1959) penned his review. Includes Skinner's (1972) reply to Chomsky and briefly describes MacCorquodale's (1970) thorough debunking of Chomsky's critique. Discusses the controversy surrounding the book within behavior analysis by proponents of relational frame theory (RFT) and provides rebuttals to their critiques. Describes features of the book that make it such a powerful theory of human language, along with two related theoretical extensions of the analysis: the behaviors involved in listening and how the behavior of the listener can be instructed or conditioned. Analyzes a simple example of derived relational responding provided by RFT proponents, critiques their explanation and offers a more parsimonious explanation in terms of the basic operant unit of analysis.

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, Canvas 2