Rule-governed behavior has been defined as actions controlled by means of verbal stimuli (i.
Two competing clinical theories have related rule-governed behavior and depression.
An alternative account posits that depression (and other psychopathology) may result from excessive rule-governed behavior, particularly excessively following rules that dictate experiential avoidance (Hayes, Strosahl, & Wilson, 1999).
There is little research on rule-governed schedule insensitivities in depression, and the existing literature is inconclusive.
Tracking has been defined as instances of rule-governed behavior in which following the rule is reinforced by attaining the reinforcer specified by the rule (feeling warm when following the rule "wear your coat and you will feel warm"), while pliance occurs when following the rule is reinforced by the rule giver (e.