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Chapter 11

Chapter 11 Notes

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Zachariah Campbell

Chapter 11: Chaining Behavioral chain is a complex behavior consisting of many component behaviors that occur together in a sequence. Example of Behavioral Chain When you want a piece of gum of chewing gum, you have to engage in a sequence of responses. o 1. Reach into your pocket o 2. Pull out the pack of gum o 3. Pull a single stick out of the pack o 4. Unwrap the piece of gum o 5. Put the gum into your mouth You can engage in a particular behavior in the sequence only if the previous behavior in the sequence has been completed. Analyzing Stimulus Response Chains A behavioral chain is often called a stimulus response chain. Each behavior or D response in the chain produces a stimulus change that acts as an S for the next response in the chain. D o 1. S 1 (pack of gum in your pocket) -> R1(Reach into your pocket) o 2. S 2 (your hand in your pocket) -> R2 (Pull out the pack of gum) D o 3. S 3 (pack of gum in your hand) -> R3 (Pull a single stick out of the pack) o 4. S 4 (one stick of gum in your hand) -> R4 (Unwrap the piece of gum) D o 5. S 5 (unwrapped stick of gum in your hand) -> R5 (Put the gum into your mouth) -> reinforcer (chewing gum) A five-component stimulus-response chain can be illustrated in the following way: o S 1 -> R1 D S 2 -> R2 S 3 -> R3 D S 4-> R4 www.notesolution.com
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