TRANSFER OF CONTEXTUAL STIMULUS FUNCTION VIA EQUIVALENCE CLASS DEVELOPMENT

Michael B. Gatch, J. Grayson Osborne

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Abstract

In a conditional discrimination, 6 college students arranged six Cyrillic letters into groups of three based upon which of two additional Cyrillic letters (contextual stimuli) was present. All subjects demonstrated symmetry and transitivity within each class of equivalent stimuli. In a second conditional discrimination, two more Cyrillic letters were related to each contextual stimulus. Testing of symmetrical and transitive relations between the original contextual stimulus and the two new ones confirmed the development of two three‐member classes of contextual stimuli. Subsequent tests demonstrated that the new contextual stimuli controlled the previously trained sample‐comparison relations for all subjects. 1989 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-378
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1989

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Keywords

  • adults
  • button press
  • conditional discrimination
  • contextual control
  • matching to sample
  • stimulus classes
  • stimulus equivalence

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