Date of Award

8-1999

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Alan Poling

Second Advisor

Jack Michael

Third Advisor

E. J. Asher

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only

Abstract

Every article published in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior from its inception as a newsletter through 1998 was evaluated along several dimensions. Results indicated that the journal has grown substantially over time. It has published articles dealing with a wide range of topics. Most articles (overall, 73%) did not describe experiments. The experiments that were described characteristically used within-subject designs and direct measures of behavior. They typically were conducted by academics in controlled settings, using students as participants. Several authors have recently suggested that the journal should publish more experimental articles, covering a wider range of topics. The present results support this suggestion, although they also emphasize that the journal has played, and continues to play, a major role as an outlet for empirical and theoretical analyses of verbal behavior.

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