Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Jack L. Michael
Dr. Howard E. Farris
Dr. Paul Mountjoy
Masters Thesis-Open Access
Visual-tactual equivalence was examined within the stimulus equivalence paradigm originally developed by Sidman in studies of verbal behavior (1971). Experiment I assessed for equivalence between tactually and visually presented objects. In Experiment II, colors and textures were added to the objects and the effect of modality distinctive stimuli on equivalence was examined. Experiment III then studied the establishment of equivalence with these modality distinctive stimuli using the Sidman stimulus equivalence paradigm.
Visual-tactual equivalence was demonstrated in Experiment I. Experiment II demonstrated that equivalence could be disrupted by modality distinctive stimuli. Experiment III then showed that equivalence could be demonstrated between distinctive visual and tactual stimuli when training was accomplished in accordance with the stimulus equivalence paradigm. This study accomplished an expansion of the equivalence paradigm to an area other than verbal behavior and provided evidence of a method by which tactual visual equivalence may be established.
Rigney, "Assessment and Training of Visual and Tactual Stimulus Equivalence" (1987). Master's Theses. 1242.