The Analysis of Verbal Behavior

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 171–181 | Cite as

Generalization of Relational Matching to Sample in Children: A Direct Replication



The ability of preschool age children to perform generalized relational matching to sample tasks with and without an overt mediating stimulus was examined. This experiment was a direct replication of a study by Lowenkron (1984) and examined a behavioral model relevant to complex human behavior that he later came to call joint control. Children were trained to code two-dimensional stimuli with the help of a handheld mediating stimulus. They were later tested for generalization of relational matching to sample with and without the mediating stimulus. Results indicated high levels of generalized matching to sample with the mediating stimulus and lower levels without. Findings also indicated that generalization was somewhat stronger with symmetrical shapes than with asymmetrical. Results are discussed in terms of a radical behavioral interpretation of complex human behavior.

Key words

naturalistic teaching approaches (NTA) applied verbal behavior (AVB) natural environment training (NET) natural language paradigm (NLP) pivotal response training (PRT) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Western Michigan University, Garden AcademyMontclairUSA

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