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

44.4 Secondary Sources of Strength Example

We have already seen how “spider” meets these criteria. Remember the lines from Shakespeare: “Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney sweepers, come to dust”? “Must” as an echoic stimulus might also strengthen “rust, crust, lust”—each of which would have very different effects upon the listener.

Secondary Sources of Strength

Controlling variables with the following features:

The response being analyzed is also controlled by a main thematic source

It also controls other response forms

The other response forms would have a different effect upon the listener

Whether the relationship between the secondary source and the response is formal or thematic

Golden lab girls all must as chimney sweepers come dust.
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