Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Behavioral momentum and multiple stimulus control topographies

William J. McIlvane a1 and William V. Dube a1
a1 E. K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Psychological Sciences Division, Waltham, MA 02452 {wmcilvane; wdube}


We have analyzed many discrimination learning difficulties as reflecting multiple stimulus control topographies (SCTs). Nevin & Grace's analysis offers new variables to consider in the design of stimulus-control shaping procedures and cross-setting generalization of newly established behavior. A multiple-SCT perspective also suggests that fixed-trial discrimination procedures may offer advantages for reconciling momentum theory and partial reinforcement extinction effects.