Introductory Concepts
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22.10 Stimulus Features of “Dog” vs “Chicken”

A chicken is even less likely to be the occasion for saying “dog” because it shares very few features in common with a dog. We would likely be quick to punish the response “dog” in the presence of a chicken.

A chicken is standing on a 22.10 stimulus background.

Stimulus Features of “Dog”



Four legs

Canine teeth





An improper occasion for saying “chickens” (although these stimuli do share many relevant features in common with chickens!).
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