THE EFFECTS OF TACT AND LISTENER TRAINING ON THE EMERGENCE OF BIDIRECTIONAL INTRAVERBAL RELATIONS

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Department of Psychology, Texas Christian University, Box 298920, Fort Worth, Texas 76129 (e-mail: a.petursdottir@tcu.edu).

Abstract

We evaluated the effects of 2 types of training on the emergence of bidirectional intraverbal relations with 4 typically developing children. Tact training involved reinforcing foreign-language vocalizations in the presence of visual stimuli, and listener training involved reinforcing selections of visual stimuli following vocal presentations of foreign-language words. Intraverbal relations were tested by instructing participants to vocalize native-language equivalents of foreign-language words or vice versa. Both types of training produced increases in intraverbal responding, but the emergent relations were not always bidirectional.

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