operant conditioning

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operant conditioning

n. Psychology
A learning process in which the likelihood of a specific behavior increases or decreases in response to reinforcement or punishment that occurs when the behavior is exhibited, so that the subject comes to associate the behavior with the pleasure from the reinforcement or the displeasure from the punishment.
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Noun1.operant conditioning - conditioning in which an operant response is brought under stimulus control by virtue of presenting reinforcement contingent upon the occurrence of the operant response
conditioning - a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment
instrumental conditioning - operant conditioning that pairs a response with a reinforcement in discrete trials; reinforcement occurs only after the response is given
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The programme has been created to give young, aspiring drivers the chance to develop their physical and psychological conditioning on their way to becoming professional racing drivers and succeeding in top flight motorsport.
The intention of the Chinese program was to stifle dissent by first defining it as deviant and causing overwhelming feelings of guilt in the subject, followed by psychological conditioning that rewarded newfound devotion to the party line.
The Army also taught McVeigh how to make and use explosives, and put him through a course of psychological conditioning designed to destroy the normal reluctance to kill another human being.

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