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Seventh International Conference; Merida, Mexico; 2013

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Invited Paper Session #12
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Stimulus Equivalence as a Model of Symbolic Behavior

Monday, October 7, 2013
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Yucatan II (Fiesta Americana)
Area: EAB; Domain: Service Delivery
Instruction Level: Basic
CE Instructor: Julio C. De Rose, Ph.D.
Chair: Agustin Daniel Gomez (Universidad Veracruzana)
JULIO C. DE ROSE (Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos)
Julio de Rose obtained a doctoral degree at Universidade de S?o Paulo and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Shriver Center for Mental Retardation. He is a professor of psychology at Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos, Brazil, and has published articles in the main behavioral journals, such as the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, The Psychological Record, and The Analysis of Verbal Behavior. He has served on the editorial board of JABA, currently serves on the editorial board of The Psychological Record, and is also co-editor of the Brazilian multidisciplinary journal Olhar.

Several studies have confirmed that stimulus equivalence is a promising behavioral model of symbolic behavior. Behavioral, psychometric, and electrophysiological studies indicate that members of equivalence classes share meaning. Some of these studies formed equivalence classes comprising abstract and meaningful stimuli and showed that meaning transferred to the abstract stimuli. There are indications that this transfer varies quantitatively as a function of parameters such as nodal distance, amount of matching to sample training and matching delay. This has suggested that equivalent stimuli may vary in their degree of relatedness, which is incompatible with the very notion of equivalence. This presentation will discuss these strengths and threats involved in the notion of equivalence and eventual interpretative alternatives.

Target Audience:

Anyone who is interested in symbolic behavior.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming.



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