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ERIC Number: EJ869231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0738-6729
Relational Responding and Conditional Discrimination Procedures: An Apparent Inconsistency and Clarification
Stewart, Ian; McElwee, John
Behavior Analyst, v32 n2 p309-317 Fall 2009
This article discusses theoretical issues relating to an apparent terminological inconsistency between two recent studies involving relational responding. These studies employed a functionally similar protocol to establish contextual cues for arbitrarily applicable relational responding by using a nonarbitrary relational responding procedure; however, one employed the term "nonarbitrary" regarding this procedure, and the other used "arbitrary." Both can be legitimately described as correct, but they use apparently contradictory descriptions because they focus on different aspects of the protocol; in one, the label is based on traditional conditional discrimination task nomenclature, whereas in the other, it is based on the type of relational responding being performed. The current article describes and then explains the issue. In doing so, it touches on an important topic concerning the relation between relational responding and the conditional discrimination procedure. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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