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14.6 Textual Behavior Non-Example #3

Looking at the title of this lesson and then saying “reading” is also NOT textual behavior, even though the types of stimulus and response are correct. The problem is that there is no point-to-point correspondence between the stimulus “textual behavior” and the response “reading.”

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 cartoon boy with a speech bubble that says reading.
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