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

28.8 Private Stimulus Non-Example

The burning sensation produced by a hot stove is the result of a public stimulus: the heat radiating from the stove. Other individuals can also be affected by the heat, just as they can be affected by the visual stimulation of the stove or the olfactory stimulation if something is burning on the stove.

Private Stimulus

Is a physical energy change

Is capable of affecting a sense organ

Affects only one individual; other individuals are not affected

Type of energy change

Function of the stimulus (e.g., reinforcing, discriminative, punishing)

A cartoon girl displaying contingency-shaped behavior reacts with "yikes" to a painful burn while holding a pot.
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