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

36.4 Supplementary Stimulation Non-Example #1

If we did not know the name of the animal, the letter or sound “a” would not be sufficient to evoke the response “aardvark.” Similarly, if we had the response in our repertoire, but there was no aardvark present, we would have almost no tendency to say “aardvark” only as a result of hearing the “a” sound.

Supplementary Stimulation

A type of controlling variable with the following features:

It sums with another controlling variable to evoke a response in a case of multiple controlling variables

The supplemental variable, by itself, is never likely to be sufficient to evoke the response

The type of controlling variable

The name starts with the letter "a".
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