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ERIC Number: EJ862345
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1539-4352
An Examination of Facilitated Acquisition and Transformation of Function in Derived Relational Responding
Adcock, Amanda C.; Juskiewicz, Kristin L.; Woods, Douglas W.; Murrell, Amy R.
Behavior Analyst Today, v10 n1 p54-70 2009
Studies of derived relational responding and stimulus equivalence that examine the acquisition of arbitrary stimuli into existing classes suggest that classes that are more emotionally salient facilitate the acquisition of novel members. This study examined the hypothesis that personal distress would create facilitated acquisition in deriving relations between two arbitrary stimuli and one personally distressing stimulus. Transformation of function was also measured via self-report. No facilitated acquisition effect appeared, but transformation of function was more pronounced in the distressed group. These findings suggest that transformation of function is possible before the relations are fully derived and facilitated acquisition only occurs in particular behavioral contexts. (Contains 3 tables.)
Joseph Cautilli, Ph.D. & The Behavior Analyst Online Organization. 535 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147-3220. Tel: 215-462-6737; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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