Student Research REsource Center

VB SIG Student Research Resource Center

The VB SIG welcomes the contributions of student researchers and aims to support their study of verbal behavior. The Student Research Resource Center will feature articles recommended by members of the VB SIG Student Research Group. It is our hope that this page can be used to facilitate discussion across campuses and organizations. Enjoy!

Rachel Yosick, a Doctoral Psychology Intern at Marcus Autism Center, selected an article by Kisamore, Carr, and LeBlanc (2011). Rachel says “I enjoyed this article because it tackled a subject that is somewhat difficult for behavior analysts to study—the covert behavior of “visual imagining” as a method of problem solving. That the authors were able to effectively train young children to “see in the absence of the thing seen” and to measure the effects of using such a strategy to answer intraverbal questions is impressive and offers exciting possibilities for future teaching strategies derived from the study of verbal behavior.”

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Kisamore, A. N., Carr, J. E., & LeBlanc, L. A. (2011). Training preschool children to use visual imagining as a problem-solving strategy for complex categorization tasks. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 44, 255-278, which has been published in final form at

Rachel also selected a second article, posted below. “I thought this article was interesting because it demonstrated so well that contriving a transitive CEO could lead to the emergence of novel manding in participants with severe language deficits. The fact that the participants were severely disabled adults who had no previous functional language was remarkable, given that they both acquired PECS skills and derived mands that were not explicitly taught (and also vocal mands!).”

This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Rosales, R. & Rehfeldt, R. A. (2007). Contrived transitive conditioned establishing operations to establish derived manding skills in adults with severe developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 40, 105-121, which has been published in final form at