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

6.4 Establishing Operation Example #1 Continued

Therefore, it is possible to consider the controlling variables for the response “water, please” as involving two factors: a necessary level of deprivation and discriminative stimuli, typically involving a listener who is likely to get you water and a source from which to get the water.

Establishing Operation

An environmental change or event with the following features:

Precedes the response to which it is functionally related

Increases the effectiveness of a particular stimulus change as reinforcement

The type of environmental event

The cause of the environmental event

The type of stimulus that gains reinforcing effectiveness

A man is laying on the ground next to a cup of water.
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