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

22.8 Stimulus Features of “Dog”

We would certainly require fur (ignoring the Mexican Hairless chihuahua, of course); we would require barking, four legs, canine teeth, claws, tails, and perhaps others. Would we require a specific color? A specific size? Probably not. Since we would not require a specific color or size, these features are to be considered irrelevant.

A small dog featured on a white background. OR A small dog with stimulus features on a white background.

Stimulus Features of “Dog”



Four legs

Canine teeth





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Why are we willing to ignore the Mexican hairless dog for not having fur, but not the Basenji for not barking

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