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

33.6 Multiple Controlling Variables Example #3

The poem is about death, and therefore, one source of strength is a thematic source that strengthens any response form about death. A second source of control is the intraverbal relationship between “chimney sweepers” and “dust.” A final controlling variable is the formal (rhyming) control between the responses “must” and “dust.”

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 ladies and girls all must as chimney sweepers come dust, illustrating how multiple controlling variables can impact the outcome.
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