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

2.14 Mediated Reinforcement Example #3

The reinforcement need not be “named” by the verbal response, however. If a child says “dog” in the presence of the family dog, a parent might say, “Good, that’s right!” if the child is learning the response. This is mediated reinforcement if it tends to increase the future probability of this response under similar circumstances.

Mediated Reinforcement

A stimulus change that has the following features:

It occurs after a response has been emitted

It increases the future probability of that response

It results from the action of another individual

Formal and dynamic features of the response

Formal and dynamic features of the controlling variable

Whether or not the current response is reinforced

The “meaning” of either the stimulus or the response

A cartoon of a dog providing mediated reinforcement.
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