Roche & Barnes, 1997

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Roche, B., & Barnes, D. (1997). A transformation of respondently conditioned stimulus function in accordance with arbitrarily applicable relations. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 67, 275-300.

Publication Topic: 
RFT: Empirical
Publication Type: 
sexual arousal paired with nonsense syllables & other relational & equivalence conditioned responding, transformation of stimulus

The authors, researchers at the University of Bath, conducted an experiment in which the subjects saw a sexual film clip paired to other stimuli, while other subjects saw an emotionally neutral film clip that was paired with other stimuli. Subjects responded according to the authors' predictions (i.e. equivalence, greater conditioned responses to certain stimuli etc.).

The first study to show a transformation of respondently conditioned sexual arousal functions, measured as skin resistance responses, through same and opposite relations. An excellent demonstration of how to conduct complex electrodermal research within an RFT framework.
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