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

43.3 Main Thematic Source Non-Example #1

If the response being analyzed is the only response form typically evoked by a particular variable, then we do not call that variable a main thematic source. A main thematic source must strengthen two or more responses and all of the multiple response forms must have essentially the same effect upon the listener.

Main Thematic Source

A situation with the following features:

It controls a large group of responses

All of the responses would have about the same effect on a listener

Type of thematic elementary relationship (e.g., mand, tact, intraverbal)

Specific features of the stimulus and response

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