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

33.4 Multiple Controlling Variables Example #1

If someone asks you what time it is, and it is five o’clock, your verbal response “five o’clock” is controlled by both the visual stimulus of the position of the hands on a clock and by the prior mand for the correct time.

Multiple Controlling Variables

A situation with the following features:

There is a single response form

The response is simultaneously strengthened by two or more controlling variables

Response topography

The type of controlling variable (stimulus or establishing operation)

The specific number of multiple variables

Whether or not the current response is followed by reinforcement

What time is it? (Example #1)
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