Master of Arts (M.A.)
Degree Granting Department
Child and Family Studies
Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA
Timothy Weil, Ph.D., BCBA
Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA
Sarah Bloom, Ph.D., BCBA
applied behavior analysis, relational frame theory, deictic relational responding, theory of mind
Approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. Perspective taking is a repertoire known to be severely affected following a traumatic brain injury. The ability to take the perspective of another greatly contributes to social interactions and involves a complex set of skills. A small number of studies have attempted to train perspective taking skills in populations lacking the ability, but none with individuals diagnosed with TBI. This study aimed to teach perspective taking skills to adults with TBI through established protocols which teach deictic relational frames. Three adult males with traumatic brain injuries were exposed to the deictic relational training protocol. Each participant was tested on traditional theory of mind tasks prior to and following mastery of deictic training. All three participants achieved mastery of the relational training protocol and showed some improvement on theory of mind tasks following training and at follow-up.
Scholar Commons Citation
Cohen, Jacqueline, "Teaching Perspective Taking to Adults with Traumatic Brain Injury" (2016). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.