10.2 Definition of Mutual Entailment

Earlier you learned that relational frames are types of arbitrarily applicable relational responding that have the features of mutual entailment, combinatorial entailment, and transformation of stimulus function. Mutual entailment is the most fundamental property of relational responding. It refers to the bidirectional nature of stimulus relations. A relation in one direction between two stimuli (e.g., A to B) entails or implies a relation in the other direction (e.g., B to A).

Mutual EntailmentRelations between stimuli are bidirectional. Responding to the relation in one direction (A to B) entails responding to the relation in the other direction (B to A).
Combinatorial EntailmentTwo or more stimulus relations can mutually combine. Responding to two combined relations (between A and B and between C and B) can entail a response to a third relation (between A and C).
Transformation of Stimulus FunctionsThe functions a stimulus has for a person can be transformed or changed on the basis of how it is related to other stimuli.
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