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Article

Abstract

Analogical reasoning is conceptualized by Relational Frame
Theory as responding in accordance with an equivalence relation
between equivalence or other types of derived stimulus relations. The
purpose of this study was to provide an empirical demonstration of
analogy using the Relational Evaluation Procedure (REP), a recently
developed technique for the rapid training and testing of derived
stimulus relations. The experiment involved 9 stages in which 5 adult
male subjects were exposed to a complex series of REP training and
testing protocols, by the end of which they each readily demonstrated
24 completely novel instances of responding in accordance with
analogical relations as conceptualized by RFT. The implications of
these results for future functional analytic investigations of analogical
reasoning are discussed.

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