respondent behavior

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re·spon·dent be·hav·ior

behavior in response to a specific stimulus; usually associated with classical conditioning. See: conditioning.


an animal that responds to a particular stimulus.

respondent behavior
reflex responses elicited by stimuli; generally not under voluntary control.
respondent conditioning
see classical conditioning.
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We are not interested in identifying problem questions but we will use the same kind of respondent behavior as objective indicators of his or her cognitive and communicative skills.
To construct a typology of respondents' interaction characteristics the following six objective aspects of respondent behavior are used: (1) the respondent gives an adequate answer; (2) the respondent gives an inadequate answer; (3) the respondent asks for a question to be repeated or clarified (showing a correct interpretation of the question); (4) the respondent asks for a question to be clarified but shows an incorrect interpretation of the question; (5) the respondent repeats or justifies an answer; (6) and the respondent gives irrelevant information.
We used a split sample design to test for differences in respondent behavior between a continuous elicitation method (the payment card method) and the dichotomous choice method.
This result implies that there are important differences in respondent behavior between the two question formats.
The exchanges between Konorski and Miller (1937a, 1937b) and Skinner (1935, 1937) thus set the occasion for the evolution of behavior analysis formulated on three assumptions: First, no prior stimulus is required in operant conditioning but is a necessary condition in respondent conditioning; second, operant and respondent behavior involve different muscle systems; and third, in operant conditioning relations between responses and stimuli are established and in respondent conditioning relations between stimuli are established.