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Extension Of The Stimulus Control Produced By Three Procedures For Teaching Pseudowords Discrimination

Jonathan Melo de Oliveira, Elenice Seixas Hanna

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Abstract This study investigated the effects of pseudoword discrimination training that either required or didn’t require selection responses upon control by stimulus elements and recombination of elements, and upon stimulus observation. Eight undergraduate students were exposed to two conditions with discriminative training and stimulus control test. Condition SEL required selecting the S+, and condition OBS only required observation. Test results suggest that selection responses did not affect control by the elements or the recombination of elements in the pseudowords. Four participants presented restricted stimulus control. This control was extended in the additional DOR condition, which required differential observation of the elements, and was accompanied by increases in S+ observation. Increased stimulus control, promoted by the DOR, should still be evaluated independently of previous teaching conditions.