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

16.3 Intraverbal Example #1

Word association tests are a common example of intraverbal behavior. Saying “response” as a result of the experimenter saying “stimulus” is intraverbal. Mathematics provides more good examples. Saying “four” as a result of seeing “2 + 2 =” is intraverbal.


A form of verbal behavior with the following features:

A verbal response

The prior controlling variable is a verbal stimulus

There is NO point-to-point correspondence between the stimulus and the response

The specific topography and dynamic characteristics of the vocal response

The musculature involved in executing the response

The modality of the prior verbal stimulus (usually either visual or auditory)

Dynamic features of either the stimulus or the response

The “correctness” of the response

A cartoon of a teacher with a chalkboard and a blackboard demonstrating 16.3 Intraverbal Example #1.
Post a comment
This section is for the civil and public discussion of the content of this page. We reserve the right to moderate and remove comments that are irrelevant, disrespectful, hateful, harassing, threatening, or spamlike. If you are experiencing a technical issue, please contact our helpdesk for assistance.

Leave a Comment