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    Equivalence Class Formation in Non-Hearing Impaired Children and Hearing Impaired Children

    Barnes-Holmes, Dermot and McCullagh, Paul D. and Keenan, Michael (1990) Equivalence Class Formation in Non-Hearing Impaired Children and Hearing Impaired Children. Analysis of Verbal Behavior, 8. pp. 19-30. ISSN 0889-9401

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    The relationship between verbal behavior and stimulus equivalence was examined using three sets of children differing in chronological age and verbal ability: (1) non-hearing impaired three and four year olds who had verbal skills generally consistent with their chronological ages; (2) partially hearing (severe to profoundly deaf) children who were rated with verbal ages of above 2 years; and (3) partially hearing children (also severely to profoundly deaf) who were rated with verbal ages of below 2 years. All children were taught a series of four conditional discriminations using unfamiliar stimuli. The children were then tested to determine whether classes of equivalent stimuli had formed. Although all the children were able to learn the conditional discriminations equally well and all the verbally-able children (normal and partially hearing) formed equivalence classes, only one of the verbally-impaired children reliably demonstrated stimulus equivalence formation. These results are consistent with the suggestion that stimulus equivalence and human verbal behavior are closely related.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Equivalence Class; Formation; Non-Hearing; Impaired Children; Hearing Impaired Children;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 14894
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    Depositing User: Prof. Dermot Barnes-Holmes
    Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 09:26
    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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