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

34.3 Multiple Responses Example #1

A dog walking by may simultaneously increase the likelihood of saying “dog” and of saying “canine.” You may say both words on the same occasion or days apart. It may also increase the likelihood of the response “fur,” “German Shepherd” (if that is what it is), “brown,” “walking,” and others. Of course, it is typically the case that only one of these responses will actually be emitted, probably because several other controlling variables are also affecting it as we have just seen.

Multiple Responses

A situation with the following features:

There is a single controlling variable

That controlling variable simultaneously strengthens two or more different response forms

The specific type of controlling variable

The number of response forms which are strengthened

The type of elementary verbal relationship

A german shepherd dog communicating with speech bubbles.
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