The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 253–269 | Cite as

Stimulus Control: Part II

  • James A. Dinsmoor


The second part of my tutorial stresses the systematic importance of two parameters of discrimination training: (a) the magnitude of the physical difference between the positive and the negative stimulus (disparity) and (b) the magnitude of the difference between the positive stimulus, in particular, and the background stimulation (salience). It then examines the role these variables play in such complex phenomena as blocking and overshadowing, progressive discrimination training, and the transfer of control by fading. It concludes by considering concept formation and imitation, which are important forms of application, and recent work on equivalence relations.

Key words

stimulus control disparity salience blocking overshadowing transfer fading concept formation imitation equivalence relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James A. Dinsmoor
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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