International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 4 Num. 2 - July 2004


Instructional Control: Developing a Relational Frame Analysis [Control Instruccional: Desarrollando un An?lisis Basado en la Relational Frame Theory]

Volume 4 Num. 2 - July 2004 - Pages 263-284


Denis O?Hora and Dermot Barnes-Holmes


The aim of this article is to provide a functional analytic approach to the experimental analysis of instructional control and to the ?specifying? properties of instructions. The primary theoretical attempts to provide a technical definition of instructions or rules are first outlined, and it is argued that these attempts have not provided clear functional-analytic criteria on which to establish a technical definition of an instruction. The empirical work that has been conducted on instructional control is then considered and the lack of an agreed technical definition of an ?instruction?, and especially the ill-defined nature of the term ?specify?, are considered. Finally, current theoretical and empirical work on Relational Frame Theory is used to construct a technical definition of ?specify? on which to base a functional-analytic approach to instructions and instructional control.

Key words:

Instruction, rule governed behavior, contingency specifying stimuli, derived stimulus relations, Relational Frame Theory, relational network, Relational Evaluation Procedure

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