The Publication “An Implicit Technology Of Generalization”

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The publication “An Implicit Technology of Generalization” shined a spot light on generalization as an active process that needs to be studied by behavior analyst in order to help validate behavior programs. The study exhibits not only the immediate effects of our procedures but the lasting change that could be achieved in multiple environments of a client’s life. It has been concluded that generalization should be programed for and not just expected to happen. Stokes and baer (1977) described generalization as” the occurrence of relevant behavior under different, non-training conditions (i.e., across subjects, settings, people, behaviors, and/or time) without the scheduling of the same events in those conditions as had been scheduled in…show more content…
Six videos in all were uses at approximately 8 to 10 seconds in duration. A multiple probe design across participants was used. Each participant was assigned three stimulus categories and a fourth was used to assess across category generalization. The procedure for both baseline and treatment consisted of 18 trials per session and for additional trials that were used for generalization probes which consisted of an exemplar from the fourth stimulus category. The 18 trials for treatment were broken down in to 9 teaching trials and 3 exemplar trials from each of the three training categories. A flow chart for the steps of the procedure can be found on page 286 of the (Kerth et al., 2011) study. The study’s results showed some increase of independent sharing across all participants from treatment through maintenance. Furthermore, throughout the experimental sessions some vocal response generalization was also exhibited by participants. I think more exemplar variance across other living environments would benefit the intervention and further promote generalization. This study and its use of the multiple exemplar category outlined by Stokes and Baer (1977) resembles the majority if the interventions I have implemented. I feel that the authors did a good job of leveraging Stokes and Baer’s multiple exemplar category and implementing
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