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    Relating equivalence relations to equivalence relations: A relational framing model of complex human functioning

    Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and Hegarty, Neil and Smeets, Paul M. (1997) Relating equivalence relations to equivalence relations: A relational framing model of complex human functioning. Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 14. pp. 57-83. ISSN 0889-9401

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    The current study aimed to develop a behavior-analytic model of analogical reasoning. In Experiments 1 and 2 subjects (adults and children) were trained and tested for the formation of four, three-member equivalence relations using a delayed matching-to-sample procedure. All subjects (Experiments 1 and 2) were exposed to tests that examined relations between equivalence and non-equivalence relations. For example, on an equivalence-equivalence relation test, the complex sample B1/C1 and the two complex comparisons B3/C3 and B3/C4 were used, and on a nonequivalence-nonequivalence relation test the complex sample B1/C2 was presented with the same two comparisons. All subjects consistently related equivalence relations to equivalence relations and nonequivalence relations to nonequivalence relations (e.g., picked B3/C3 in the presence of B1/Cl and picked B3/C4 in the presence of B1/C2). In Experiment 3, the equivalence responding, the equivalence-equivalence responding, and the nonequivalence-nonequivalence responding was successfully brought under contextual control. Finally, it was shown that the contextual cues could function successfully as comparisons, and the complex samples and comparisons could function successfully as contextual cues and samples, respectively. These data extend the equivalence paradigm and contribute to a behaviour-analytic interpretation of analogical reasoning and complex human functioning, in general.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Relating Equivalence; Relations; Equivalence Relations; Relational Framing Model; Complex Human Functioning;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14885
    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 15:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Analysis of Verbal Behavior
    Publisher: Springer International Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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