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    What Good is Five Percent of a Language Competence?A. Charles Catania - 1990 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):729-731.
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    Why Behavior Should Matter to Linguists.A. Charles Catania - 2003 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (6):670-672.
    Jackendoff's Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution has many points of similarity with Skinner 's analysis of verbal behavior, though the former emphasizes structure whereas the latter emphasizes function. The parallels are explored in the context of a selectionist account of behavior in general and of verbal behavior in particular. Part of the argument is that behavior drives evolution and therefore also drives brain organization. Another concerns itself with the nature of explanation. Recent experimental developments in behavior analysis are (...)
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    Language Evolution: Two Tracks Are Not Enough.A. Charles Catania - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5):451-452.
    This commentary argues that Evans & Levinson (E&L) should expand their two-track model to a three-track model in which biological and cultural evolution interact with the evolution of an individual's language repertories in ontogeny. It also comments on the relevance of the argument from the poverty of the stimulus and offers a caveat, based on analogous issues in biology, on the metaphor of language as a container, whether of meanings or of other content.
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    Brain and Behavior: Which Way Does the Shaping Go?A. Charles Catania - 2008 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):516-517.
    Evolutionary contingencies select organisms based on what they can do; brains and other evolved structures serve their behavior. Arguments that brains drive language structure get the direction wrong; with functional issues unacknowledged, interactions between central structures and periphery are overlooked. Evidence supports a peripherally driven central organization. If language modules develop like other brain compartments, then environmental consistencies can engender both structural and functional language units (e.g., the different phonemic, semantic, and grammatical structures of different languages).
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    Selection as a Cause Versus the Causes of Selection.A. Charles Catania - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (3):533-533.
    Hull et al. rightly point out the special character of selection as a causal mode, but ironically they seem to force selection back into traditional causal modes by decomposing it into replication, variation, and environmental interaction. Many processes are selective, and a taxonomy of a broad range of kinds of selection may be preferable to narrowing the applicability of the term.
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    Single Words, Multiple Words, and the Functions of Language.A. Charles Catania - 1995 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 18 (1):184-185.
    Wilkins & Wakefield assign importance to motor systems but skip from anatomy to cognitive structure with little attention to behavior. Organisms, no matter how sophisticated, that do not behave in accord with what they know will fall by the evolutionary wayside. Facts about behavior can supplement the authors' theory, whose hierarchical structures can accommodate an evolutionary scenario in which a million years or more of functionally varied utterances mainly limited to single words is followed by an explosion of linguistic diversity (...)
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    The Aware Pigeon.A. Charles Catania - 1994 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (3):400-401.
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    Autoshaping: Relation of Feeder Color to Choice of Key Color.Mary Ann Fisher & A. Charles Catania - 1977 - Bulletin of the Psychonomic Society 9 (6):439-442.
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    Verbal Governance, Verbal Shaping, and Attention to Verbal Stimuli.A. Charles Catania - 2003 - In Kennon A. Lattal (ed.), Behavior Theory and Philosophy. Springer. pp. 301--321.
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    Metaphors, Models, and Mathematics in the Science of Behavior.A. Charles Catania - 2000 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):94-95.
    Metaphors and models involve correspondences between events in separate domains. They differ in the form and precision of how the correspondences are expressed. Examples include correspondences between phylogenic and ontogenic selection, and wave and particle metaphors of the mathematics of quantum physics. An implication is that the target article's metaphors of resistance to change may have heuristic advantages over those of momentum.
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    The Operant Behaviorism of B. F. Skinner.A. Charles Catania - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (4):473.
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    Cognitive Science at Fifty.A. Charles Catania - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (2):141-141.
    Fifty years or so after the cognitive revolution, some cognitive accounts seem to be converging on treatments of how we come to know about ourselves and others that have much in common with behavior analytic accounts. Among the factors that keep the accounts separate is that behavioral accounts take a much broader view of what counts as behavior.
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    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Delay-of-Reinforcement Gradients and Other Behavioral Mechanisms.A. Charles Catania - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (3):419-424.
    Sagvolden, Johansen, Aase, and Russell (Sagvolden et al.) examine attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at levels of analysis ranging from neurotransmitters to behavior. At the behavioral level they attribute aspects of ADHD to anomalies of delay-of-reinforcement gradients. With a normal gradient, responses followed after a long delay by a reinforcer may share in the effects of that reinforcer; with a diminished or steepened gradient they may fail to do so. Steepened gradients differentially select rapidly emitted responses (hyperactivity), and they limit the effectiveness (...)
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    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): One Process or Many?A. Charles Catania - 2005 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (3):446-450.
    Some commentaries suggest that the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) theory of this condition does not explain enough. Because the theory includes parameters of the delay gradient that vary across individuals and developmental modulation of behavioral outcomes by different environments, it accommodates a wide range of manifestations of ADHD symptoms. Thus, the argument could instead be made that the theory allows too many degrees of freedom. For many purposes, behavior is better defined in terms of function (e.g., consequences) than in terms of (...)
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  15. Chomsky's Formal Analysis of Natural Languages: A Behavioral Translation.A. Charles Catania - 1972 - Behaviorism 1 (1):1-15.
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    Self-Control and the Panda's Thumb.Eliot Shimoff & A. Charles Catania - 1988 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (4):693-693.
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    Environments Organize the Verbal Brain.A. Charles Catania - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (6):550-551.
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    The Explanation of Motivation and the Motivation of Explanation.A. Charles Catania - 1980 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 3 (2):304-304.
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    What Constitutes Explanation in Psychology.A. Charles Catania - 1978 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 1 (1):55-56.
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    Why Contingencies Won't Go Away.A. Charles Catania & Eliot Shimoff - 1988 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 11 (3):450.
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    Problems of Selection and Phytogeny, Terms and Methods of Behaviorism.A. Charles Catania - 1984 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 7 (4):713.
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    Antimisrepresentationalism.A. Charles Catania - 1982 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 5 (3):374-375.
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    Viewing Behaviorism Selectively.A. Charles Catania - 1986 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 9 (4):701-702.
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    Is Nonresponding Dehavior?A. Charles Catania - 1983 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 6 (2):321-322.
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