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24.6 Generic Extension Intraverbal Example

In the intraverbal, the novel stimulus may be a complex verbal description or definition. The appropriate verbal response may be the result of generic extension if all of the relevant descriptive or defining words are present that were also present when the response was acquired under the control of the original description.

Reinforced ResponseGeneric Extension
Saying “fox” when someone asks “What is an awesome canine?”Saying “fox” when someone asks “What is an awesome canine with large ears and a bushy tail?” 

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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