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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Stimulus Equivalence
Stimulus equivalence

In stimulus equivalence, untaught abilities arise spontaneously out of a few that are learned through direct experience. Students of psychology often wonder where the most creative and flexible aspects of thought come from; stimulus equivalence may provide a partial explanation. Until recently, scientists had a limited understanding of the experiences that create stimulus equivalence. Contemporary research on the building blocks of stimulus equivalence provides insights into some complex everyday problems, including that of how to teach for maximum benefit. This chapter defines stimulus equivalence, provides some tips for understanding the rather technical methods that are used to study it, and illustrates some applications of the insights that are derived from the research. The chapter also shows how stimulus equivalence is related to ...

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