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Stimulus Class Formation in Humans and Animals - T.R. Zentall

Stimulus Class Formation in Humans and Animals

By: T.R. Zentall (Editor), P.M. Smeets (Editor)

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Published: 24th October 1996
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Stimulus class formation has been studied independently by two groups of researchers. One group has come out of a learning theory approach, while the second has developed out of a behavior analytic tradition. The purpose of the present volume is to further establish the ties between these two research areas while allowing for differences in approach to the questions asked. The book is loosely organized around four themes. The first two sections deal with what constitutes functional and equivalence classes in animals and humans. In the third section, the authors attempt to identify stimulus control variables that contribute to the formation of equivalences classes. The last section deals with the complex issue of the role of verbal behavior in equivalence classes. The goal of the book is to provide the reader with a better understanding of the current state of research and theory in stimulus class formation. It is also hoped that it will stimulate research into how and under what conditions, stimulus classes can form.

1. On the Origins of Behavior Structure / A. Charles Catania -- 2. An Analysis of Stimulus Class Formation in Animals / Thomas R. Zentall -- 3. Stimulus Generalization and Hierarchical Structure in Categorization by Animals / William A. Roberts -- 4. Acquired Equivalences and Mediated Generalization in Pigeon's Matching-to-Sample / Peter J. Urcuioli -- 5. Categorical Class Formation by an African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus) / Irene M. Pepperberg -- 6. Derived Stimulus Control: Are there Differences among Procedures and Processes / Katheryn J. Saunders, Dean C. Williams and Joseph E. Spradlin -- 7. Mediating Associations, Essentialism, and Nonsimilarity-Based Categorization / Suzette L. Astley and Edward A. Wasserman -- 8. Stimulus Classes and the Untrained Acquisition of Stimulus Functions / Michael J. Dougher and Michael R. Markham.

ISBN: 9780080541792
ISBN-10: 0080541798
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 24th October 1996