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verbal behavior

all behavior that involves words, including speaking, listening, writing, and reading. The term is used by those who favor a behavioristic account of language (see behaviorism) in which human verbal behavior is thought to be explained by general laws of learning and behavior observable in other species; that is, its reinforcement is socially mediated by the responses of others. This contrasts with the cognitive approach dominant in psycholinguistics and specifically with the theory of the cognitive task specificity of language. [first described by B. F. Skinner in 1957]

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June 19th 2024

social services

social services

1. services provided by government and nongovernment agencies and organizations to improve the social welfare of those in need, including people with low income, illness, or disability; older adults; and children. Services might include health care, insurance, subsidized housing, food subsidies, and the like.

2. government services to improve standards of living for all citizens, including services such as roads and public transportation, clean water, electricity, telecommunications, and public health institutions.