Two exps investigated transfer of stimulus functions via emergent relations of compound stimuli. In Exp 1, 4 college students were taught 9 conditional relations of compound stimuli and unitary stimuli (A1B1-C1, A1B2-C3, A1B3-C2, A2B1-C3, A2B2-C2, A2B3-C1, A3B1-C2, A3B2-C1, and A3B3-C3), then tested for 18 untrained stimulus relations derived from the trained relations. Ss were then taught to sequence the A stimuli, and tested for transfer of this sequencing response to BC compounds. 2 Ss demonstrated transfer of the sequencing response. 2 Ss demonstrated transfer of the sequencing response after additional experimental phases. In Exp 2, 5 college students were taught 9 AB-C relations and then tested for 18 AC-B and BC-A relations. A skin conductance response was conditioned to A1 by pairing this stimulus with mild electric shock. Ss were then tested for transfer of this skin conductance response to B1C1 and B3C2. 3 Ss showed the transfer of conditioning. 1 S did not demonstrate conditioning of the skin conductance response. 1 S showed transfer of the skin conductance response after a supplemental conditioning phase. Initial failures to show transfer for some Ss suggest that transfer of function sometimes depends upon a history of differential responding to compound stimuli.
Markham, Michael R.; Dougher, Michael J.; and Augustson, Erik M.
"Transfer of Operant Discrimination and Respondent Elicitation via Emergent Relations of Compound Stimuli,"
The Psychological Record: Vol. 52
, Article 6.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol52/iss3/6