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14.7 Textual Behavior Example #2

Remember that it doesn’t matter whether the stimulus is written, printed, or typed because they all have approximately the same formal characteristics. Saying “KAJ” as a result of seeing “KAJ” is textual behavior because all of the defining features are present. The “meaningfulness” of the stimulus and response is irrelevant.

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 boy is reading a book.
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