International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 13 Num. 1 - March 2013


Compound stimuli, simple discriminations and transfer of learning in new discriminations: simple and conditional.

Volume 13 Num. 1 - March 2013 - Pages 97-112


Francisco J. Al?s , Marisol Guerrero , Daniel Falla , Asunci?n Amo


The purpose of this study is to provide evidence for the transfer of learning to novel discriminations, two conditional (C-A y D-A), four simple (C-RD, D-RC, X1-RB, X2-RB) and one conditional with compound stimuli ((AB)-X). Ten adult subjects participated in the experiment. The training procedure included compound stimuli (visual and auditory) and verbal responses. Participants learned the following stimuli relations: (A1B1)-RC1, (A1B2)-RD1, (A2B1)-RC2, (A2B2)-RD2. In final evaluation, five participants responded correctly to seven discriminations, one participant responded correctly to six, three participants showed accurate responding to five and one to four of the discriminations. The procedure used proved effective in producing transfer of learning to novel discriminations. Results showed statistically significant differences between initial and final evaluations for all the dependent variables. The study shows the transfer of learning to four intraverbals in a research that included compound stimuli.

Key words:

simple discriminations, conditional discriminations, compound stimuli, intraverbals, transfer of learning.

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