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Premise:  Descriptive unit of analysis:  Explanatory framework:  1. Why did the organism respond? Because the stimulus changed. 2. The empirical theory of signal detection.   The measured behavior is a different instantaneous adaptation to a  stimulus change as the result of exposure to a contingency change.  1. hysteresis in seconds - days range  2. different contingencies come to control different behaviors  3. previously known as learning  4. a typical functional relationship - discrimination  5. a typical research topic - matching  These adaptations take time to occur. It is a change from a specific  behavior difference to a stimulus change to some new behavior difference  to the same stimulus difference. For example, a bell but not white noise  could control salivation. Subsequently, white noise but not a bell could  elicit it. This speed of adaptation (seconds to days) is optimal when the 
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