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

24.5 Generic Extension Echoic Example

Generic extension also occurs in the other elementary relationships. In the echoic relationship, the response would have to be evoked by “the same word” but it would have to be novel in either its pitch or intensity or some other irrelevant feature. The novel components of stimuli that control generic extensions are irrelevant features.

Reinforced ResponseGeneric Extension
Saying “fox” when someone screams “FOX!”Saying “fox” when someone whispers “fox”  

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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