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

29.3 Public Accompaniment Example

If we see an object strike someone, or see damage to the tissue, we assume that these visual stimuli are correlated with private stimuli resulting from stimulation of free nerve endings. If we see a rash on someone’s skin, we assume that the rash is correlated with private stimuli associated with itching.

Public Accompaniment

A way in which the verbal community brings verbal behavior under the control of private stimuli that has the following features:

A private stimulus

A collateral public stimulus

Reinforcement for a given response contingent upon the presence of the public stimulus

The type of private stimulus

Whether or not there is any causal relationship between the public and private stimulus (they need only be correlated)

A cartoon demonstration of public accompaniment in a hospital bed.
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