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

5.2 Irrelevant Features of Verbal Stimulus

Features that are irrelevant to the classification of a stimulus as verbal include its modality (such as auditory, visual, etc.), its dynamic characteristics (such as size, intensity, etc.), and its functions (such as discriminative, reinforcing, punishing, etc.).

Verbal Stimulus

A physical energy change capable of affecting an organism’s sensory receptors that has the following features:

It has a specific form or pattern which, as a unit, has controlling effectiveness

It is the result of verbal behavior

Modality: auditory, visual, etc.

Dynamic characteristics such as size, intensity, etc.

Function: discriminative, reinforcing, punishing, etc.

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