Linear Structure

Linear structures are constructs which form a linear chain. Such a chain consists of elements which are linked in direct succession and the order of the elements is fixed. For instance, one type of action results in one response, which then produces another certain type of action that results in another response and so on.

According to Koestler, the Behaviorists think that "all human activities can be reduced to a linear chain of [stimulus-response] units." This idea states that complex behavior is the result of chaining, or linguistic structuring, of stimulus-response links.


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Eric Schactman eds1@cec.wustl.edu Last Updated 10/31/94