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11.6 Echoic Behavior Example #2

It is possible for there to be a great deal of formal similarity in the case of echoic behavior, and this is clearly the case with the skilled mimic, who not only says the “same thing,” but uses the same intonation and pitch as the original speaker.

Echoic Behavior

A form of verbal behavior with the following features:

The response is vocal

It is controlled by a prior auditory verbal stimulus

There is point-to-point correspondence between the stimulus and the response

There is formal similarity between the prior stimulus and the response-product

Formal and dynamic characteristics of both the stimulus and the response

The “meaning” of either the stimulus or the response

Whether or not the current response is reinforced

Echoic Behavior
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