Presenting at the Bucharest International ABA Conference 2018:
A Behavioural Approach to Understanding and Training Perspective Taking
A critical social skill involves the capacity to take the perspective of others and understand that other people have desires, wants and wishes that are different to our own. Relational frame theory (RFT) is a modern behavioral approach to human language and cognition that accounts for complex human behavior, such as perspective taking in terms of derived relational responding. According to RFT, a history of reinforcement for relating deictic relations, such as I–you, here–there, and now–then, are critical to the emergence of a sophisticated repertoire of perspective taking. This theoretical understanding of complex behavior has resulted in the design of interventions to establish these repertoires when deficient. The current talk discusses the burgeoning literature in the area of perspective taking and contextual behavioral science.