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Cummins J.;Roche B.;Tyndall I.;Cartwright A.
2018
July
JOURNAL OF THE EXPERIMENTAL ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR
The relationship between differential stimulus relatedness and implicit measure effect sizes
Published
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derived relational responding Function Acquisition Speed Test Implicit Association Test implicit measures matching-to-sample stimulus equivalence
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© 2018 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior Implicit measures have been hypothesized to allow researchers to ascertain the existence and strength of relations between stimuli, often in the context of research on attitudes. However, little controlled behavioral research has focused on whether stimulus relations, and the degree of relatedness within such relations, are indexed by implicit measures. The current study examined this issue using a behavior-analytic implicit-style stimulus relation indexing procedure known as the Function Acquisition Speed Test (FAST). Using a matching-to-sample (MTS) procedure to train stimulus equivalence relations between nonsense syllables, the number of iterations of the procedure was varied across groups of participants, hence controlling stimulus relatedness in the resulting equivalence relations. Following final exposure to the MTS procedure, participants completed a FAST. Another group of participants was exposed to a FAST procedure with word pairs of known relatedness. Results showed that increasing relatedness resulted in a linear increase in FAST effect size. These results provide the first direct empirical support for a key process-level assumption of the implicit literature, and offer a behavior-analytic paradigm within which to understand these effects. These results also suggest that the FAST may be a viable procedure for the quantification of emergent stimulus relations in stimulus equivalence training.
0022-5002
10.1002/jeab.437
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