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

35.2 Definition of Fragmentary Sources of Strength

Sometimes one variable will determine only part of the subsequent response. When this occurs, that variable is called a fragmentary source of strength. Features irrelevant to the classification of fragmentary sources of strength include which types of elementary verbal relationships are involved and the response topography.

Fragmentary Source of Strength

A type of stimulus control with the following features:

The response form is multiply controlled

At least one of the controlling variables strengthens only one part of the response form

Which types of elementary verbal relationships are involved

The response topography

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