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ERIC Number: EJ1085693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0889-9401
An Analysis of an Autoclitic Analogue in Pigeons
Kuroda, Toshikazu; Lattal, Kennon A.; García-Penagos, Andrés
Analysis of Verbal Behavior, v30 n2 p89-99 Oct 2014
Using a conditional discrimination procedure, pigeons were exposed to a nonverbal analogue of qualifying autoclitics such as "definitely" and "maybe." It has been suggested that these autoclitics are similar to tacts except that they are under the control of private discriminative stimuli. Instead of the conventional assumption of privacy, which precludes direct manipulation of the controlling variable, the autoclitic was here identified as a response that is jointly determined by its function as a modifier for the consequence of the tact and by some variable that modifies stimulus control of the tact. Following this modified conceptualization, a novel conditional discrimination procedure was developed as an analogue for establishing autoclitic-like behavior in pigeons. Under some conditions, autoclitic-like behavior was established. Methodological challenges in developing an autoclitic analogue in nonhumans are discussed, followed by a consideration of the implications of such analogues for the understanding of verbal and, more broadly, human behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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