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Establishment of Mands Following Tact Training as a Function of Reinforcer Strength

Authors
  • Michele D Wallace
  • Brian A Iwata
  • Gregory P Hanley
Publisher
Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Communication
License
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Abstract

We examined some conditions under which a response acquired as a tact might facilitate the establishment of a mand. We taught 3 participants with developmental disabilities to tact the items ranked highest and lowest in a preference assessment and subsequently tested to see if the responses occurred as mands. All participants manded for the highly preferred item but rarely manded for the nonpreferred item. These results indicate that, although tact and mand functions are different, conditions can be created to facilitate transfer from the former to the latter. Implications for communication training are discussed.

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