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24.4 Generic Extension Non-Example #2

If a child sees a badger and says “dog,” that is not generic extension because the novel stimulus (the badger) does not have all of the relevant features that must be present for the verbal community to provide reinforcement for the response “dog.” This is, however, a type of extension that is presented in the next lesson.

A boy is communicating with a pink poodle using a speech bubble.


A boy is communicating with a dog using a speech bubble in a 24.2 Generic Extension Example #1.


A generic cartoon of a boy and dog interaction.

NOT generic tact extension

Generic Extension

An instance of verbal behavior with the following features:

The response form must be a previously learned one

The stimulus must be novel

The novel stimulus must have all of the relevant features of the stimulus that previously controlled the response

The type of elementary verbal relationship between the stimulus and the response

Formal and dynamic characteristics of the response

Formal or dynamic characteristics of the stimulus

Whether or not the current response is followed by reinforcement

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