Searching for the variables that control human rule-governed "insensitivity".

  title={Searching for the variables that control human rule-governed "insensitivity".},
  author={Adam E Fox and Elizabeth G E Kyonka},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  volume={108 2},
Verbal rules or instructions often exert obvious and meaningful control over human behavior. Sometimes instructions benefit the individual by enabling faster acquisition of a skill or by obviating an aversive consequence. However, research has also suggested a clear disadvantage: "insensitivity" to changing underlying contingencies. The two experiments described here investigated the variables that control initial rule-following behavior and rule-following insensitivity. When the initial rule… CONTINUE READING
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