What Is Interesting About Equivalence Relations and Behavior?

What Is Interesting About Equivalence Relations and Behavior? Perspect Behav Sci (2018) 41:33–43 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-018-0147-8 What Is Interesting About Equivalence Relations and Behavior? Murray Sidman Published online: 18 April 2018 Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018 . . . . Keywords Meaning Stimulus equivalence Stimulus relations Creativity Induction Why should you, a potential reader, be interested in equivalence relations? Because you will come from many different backgrounds and will have many different interests, I cannot answer that question directly. The best I can do to indicate why you might find equivalence relations worth reading about is to tell why I find equivalence relations worth experimenting and writing about. Words and Other Symbols Versus Things and Events A major source of my own interest has been what seems to me a central role of equivalence relations in making language such a powerful factor in our everyday social intercourse with each other. I think we can agree that words have meanings, even while we recognize that the term meaning may itself have many meanings. One kind of word meaning is symbolic reference: many words are symbols;they refer to other things or events. As Skinner pointed out in arguing against what he called reference theories of meaning (Skinner, 1957, pp. 7–10, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Behavior Analyst Springer Journals

What Is Interesting About Equivalence Relations and Behavior?

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2018 by Association for Behavior Analysis International
Subject
Psychology; Psychology, general
ISSN
0738-6729
eISSN
2520-8977
D.O.I.
10.1007/s40614-018-0147-8
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Perspect Behav Sci (2018) 41:33–43 https://doi.org/10.1007/s40614-018-0147-8 What Is Interesting About Equivalence Relations and Behavior? Murray Sidman Published online: 18 April 2018 Association for Behavior Analysis International 2018 . . . . Keywords Meaning Stimulus equivalence Stimulus relations Creativity Induction Why should you, a potential reader, be interested in equivalence relations? Because you will come from many different backgrounds and will have many different interests, I cannot answer that question directly. The best I can do to indicate why you might find equivalence relations worth reading about is to tell why I find equivalence relations worth experimenting and writing about. Words and Other Symbols Versus Things and Events A major source of my own interest has been what seems to me a central role of equivalence relations in making language such a powerful factor in our everyday social intercourse with each other. I think we can agree that words have meanings, even while we recognize that the term meaning may itself have many meanings. One kind of word meaning is symbolic reference: many words are symbols;they refer to other things or events. As Skinner pointed out in arguing against what he called reference theories of meaning (Skinner, 1957, pp. 7–10,

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The Behavior AnalystSpringer Journals

Published: Apr 18, 2018

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