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14.5 Textual Behavior Non-Example #2

Writing “textual behavior” as a result of looking at the title of this lesson has already been described as copying a text. It is NOT textual behavior because the response is not vocal, which it must be according to the first defining feature.

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

A hand writing the word textual behavior on a piece of paper as an example.
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