Generalization is one of the 7 dimensions of ABA. Let’s dig a little deeper into different forms of Generalization.

Stimulus Generalization

An antecedent stimulus has a history of evoking a response that was reinforced such as flipping a light switch and the lights turn on, this behavior (turning on the light) is evoked by other stimuli that have similar characteristics.

Example: Even if the light switch looks different, you are still able to use the light switch to turn on the lights.

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Response Generalization

The learn gives a response that is functionally equal to the response that has been taught.

Example: When someone greets you, you can respond by saying ‘Hello,’ ‘Good afternoon,’ ‘Good morning,’ etc. after initially being taught ‘Hi’



Cooper, J.O., Heron, T.E. & Heward, W.L. (2007). Applied behavior analysis, second edition.             Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson, Merrill Prentice Hill.

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