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

22.11 Stimulus Features of “Dog” vs “Fox”

A fox, on the other hand, has almost all of the relevant features of a dog, and we would not be at all surprised to find someone calling a fox a dog. We would probably not be as quick to punish this response as we are when someone calls a chicken a dog.

A fox standing on a white background.

Stimulus Features of “Dog”


Barking (see video below!)

Four legs

Canine teeth





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