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

33.5 Multiple Controlling Variables Example #2

The last word in a line of poetry is often the function of more than one variable. In the lines from Shakespeare, “Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust,” the phrase “come to dust” is multiply controlled.

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

Golden lads and girls all must be chimney sweepers come dust. (33.5)
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