Conceptual Behavior

Conceptual behavior is seen when an organism makes the same response to a group of discriminably different objects. An organism is said to respond conceptually when it responds similarly to stimuli within the same class and when it responds differently to stimuli in different classes.

Thus, a child who responds "cat" to different examples of cats and who responds "dog" to different examples of dogs is exhibiting conceptual behavior.

Conceptual behavior involves both generalization and discrimination: generalization within classes and discrimination between classes.

 

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