Dymond & Barnes, 1994

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APA Citation: 

Dymond, S., & Barnes, D. (1994). A transfer of self-discrimination response functions through equivalence relations. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 62(2), 251-267.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
Article
Language: 
English
Keyword(s): 
self-discrimination response function; stimulus equivalence; transfer; derived transfer; knowing; instructions; humans
Abstract: 

The present study tested the idea that human self-discrimination response functions may transfer through equivalence relations. All subjects showed the predicted transfer of self-discrimination response functions through equivalence relations. Subjects also demonstrated this transfer when they were required to discriminate their schedule performance before exposure to the schedule.

Comments: 
Four subjects were trained in matching-to-sample tasks and equivalence relations. They showed the expected transfer of self-discrimination response functions. Four control subjects either received training in matching to sample but were not tested on equivalence or were trained and tested using stimuli not used in the transfer test. None of these showed the transfer of self-discrimination response functions.
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