A Transformation of Avoidance Response Functions in Accordance with Multiple Stimulus Relations

Simon Dymond, Bryan Roche, Aveen O Brien, Chris Wilson, John P. Forsyth

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Abstract

Stimuli can acquire aversive and avoidance-evoking properties by virtue of their participation in relational frames. The current paper describes two experiments on the transformation of avoidance response functions in accordance with the relational frames of coordination and opposition (Experiment 1) and comparison (Experiment 2). Following nonarbitrary pretraining and testing, subjects were exposed to a series of relational training tasks and tested for the formation of multiple stimulus relations of sameness, opposition, and more-than/less-than. Subjects were then exposed to an avoidance schedule in which one member of the relational network served as a discriminative stimulus for an avoidance response. Finally, subjects were exposed to a probe phase to assess the transformation of other members of the relational network by the avoidance functions. Subjects who showed evidence of avoidance conditioning also showed derived avoidance. The findings of the studies demonstrate the transformation of an avoidance response function in accordance with the relational frames of coordination, opposition, and comparison.
Original languageEnglish
Pages249-262
Number of pages14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2004
EventAssociation for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention - Massachusetts, Boston, United States
Duration: 27 May 200430 May 2021
Conference number: 30
https://www.abainternational.org/events/program-details/event-detail.aspx?sid=36632&by=ByArea#s150_0

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ConferenceAssociation for Behavior Analysis International Annual Convention
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period27/05/0430/05/21
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