An Introduction to Stimulus Equivalence: What is it and why does it matter?
Recorded in 2022
This presentation explores a behavior-analytic approach to the understanding of symbolic function. Key questions such as,“what is a symbol?”, and “how does a symbol come to have its effects?” will be addressed through the lens of stimulus equivalence. Stimulus equivalence was conceptualized originally by Murry Sidman in the early 1970’s. Some of his early work will be described to illustrate the basic stimulus-equivalence paradigm. Further developments and outcomes utilizing the equivalence approach will be outlined to emphasize the tremendous applied potential that equivalence-based instruction holds for generating new repertoires with a minimum of teaching across a wide range of participant populations.