Introductory Concepts
Elementary Relationships
Extensions of Verbal Behavior
Multiple Controlling Relationships
Building on the Elementary Relationships

14.4 Textual Behavior Non-Example #1

Hearing someone say “textual behavior” and then saying it yourself is NOT textual behavior because the prior stimulus is not the response-product of writing behavior. It would be an example of echoic behavior.

Textual Behavior

A form of verbal behavior with the following features:

The response is vocal

It is controlled by a prior stimulus that is the response-product of writing behavior

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

The specific topography and dynamic characteristics of the vocal response

The specific form of the visual verbal stimulus (e.g., written, printed, or typed)

Formal and dynamic features of the response

Whether or not there is any reinforcement for the current response

The “meaning” of either the stimulus or the response

Two cartoons illustrating textual and verbal behavior.
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