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

31.3 Common Properties Example

If you have learned to call some public stimulus that oscillates in intensity “throbbing,” for example, then there is a good likelihood that a headache that oscillates in intensity may also evoke the response “throbbing.” This is another form of generic extension since the throbbing headache has all of the features that are relevant to the notion of throbbing when a public stimulus controls that response.

A heart is shown on a white background.
“That heart is throbbing!”
I have a throbbing headache that is a common example of 31.3 Common Properties.

Common Properties

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

A response topography controlled by a feature or features of a public stimulus

A novel private stimulus that has properties in common with the public stimulus

Whether the properties of the private stimulus that are in common with the public stimulus are relevant or irrelevant

Type of extension

Type of properties

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