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9.7 Formal Similarity Example #4

Formal similarity may also exist when the stimulus and response-product have only one component. When formal similarity exists between a stimulus and a response-product that have more than one component, point-to-point correspondence must also exist between the stimulus and the response it controls.

Formal Similarity

A relationship between a stimulus that evokes a response and the response-product of that response with the following features:

The stimulus and the response-product are both in the same modality (e.g., they are both visual or they are both auditory)

Their physical patterns or sequences resemble one another (e.g., they may look or sound alike)

Specific formal or dynamic features of the stimulus and the response-product

The number of additional formal or dynamic features resembling one another

Two cartoons with formal similarity featuring a man and a woman engaging in conversation.
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