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

25.5 Review of Generic Extension

We have already seen that if all relevant features are present in a novel stimulus, then the type of extension is generic. Because any feature of an occasion can gain some control over a response made on that occasion, it is possible for a response to be evoked when only irrelevant features that accompanied relevant features are present in a novel situation. This latter type of extension 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 boy and a dog in a cartoon with a speech bubble.

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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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