Recovered Memories: My Life as a Skinnerian I was once a Skinnerian (genotype) (phenotype: behavior analytic). An orthodox Skinnerian psychologist, Lloyd Homme, directed my Master’s thesis. It was probably the first human replication of the conditioned suppression paradigm, previously studied only in rats and monkeys (see a brief glossary of terms at the end of the paper). ... Article
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Recovered Memories: My Life as a Skinnerian
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  • Audrey L. Holland
    University of Arizona, Tucson
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Article   |   October 01, 2005
Recovered Memories: My Life as a Skinnerian
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 2-6. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.2
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 2-6. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.2
I was once a Skinnerian (genotype) (phenotype: behavior analytic). An orthodox Skinnerian psychologist, Lloyd Homme, directed my Master’s thesis. It was probably the first human replication of the conditioned suppression paradigm, previously studied only in rats and monkeys (see a brief glossary of terms at the end of the paper). My thesis (unpublished, but never mind) concerned the conditioned suppression of fluent speech in normal speakers. My doctoral dissertation, too, was Skinnerian, but involved applied operant learning. Jack Matthews directed it. He was also a psychologist, and speech-language pathology’s unheralded master of relevant literature across a wide range of associated disciplines. I used what was then called programmed instruction, promulgated by Skinner and his associates, to shape auditory discrimination skills successfully in children who had “articulation disorders” (Holland & Matthews, 1963). (These same kids would have been graduated to the higher status of having phonological disorders should the dissertation be replicated today.)
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