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re·in·forc·er

 (rē′ĭn-fôr′sər)
n. Psychology
A stimulus, such as a reward, the removal of an unpleasant event, or a punishment, that in operant conditioning maintains or strengthens a desired response.

reinforcer

(ˌriːɪnˈfɔːsə)
n
an individual or thing that enforces
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reinforcer - (psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it
stimulant, stimulus, stimulation, input - any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
positive reinforcer, positive reinforcing stimulus - a reinforcing stimulus that serves to increase the likelihood of the response that produces it
negative reinforcer, negative reinforcing stimulus - a reinforcing stimulus whose removal serves to decrease the likelihood of the response that produced it
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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The interpretation of this result is that food-pellets delivered in the second half of the session represented an increase in the reinforcer value relative to either 1 or 5 % liquid-sucrose obtained in the first half of the session (Weatherly; Stout, Davis & Melville, 2001; Weatherly, Stout, Rue & Melville, 2000, Weatherly, Moulton & Ritt, 2002; Weatherly, Arthur & Tischar, 2003).
2005) showed that the choices of children with ADHD are principally influenced by reinforcer immediacy and quality and least by rate and effort.
The most effective means for identifying reinforcers is through the use of systematic preference and reinforcer assessments (Hagopian, Long, & Rush, 2004; Logan & Gast, 2001).
Place a notebook hole reinforcer at the top of the sandwich so that the opening does not touch the contact paper.
The Ultra Jamb Reinforcer, from Structural Protective Products, Inc.
Testing sensory characteristics on herpetological species has been difficult due to a range of properties related to physiology, responsiveness, performance ability, and the type of reinforcer used.
Praise, the most commonly used social reinforcer, should be combined with positive feedback in order to make the praise meaningful.
In a second component, alternative reinforcers were presented within the same situation as analog problem behavior, with reinforcer rates yoked between components.
PH reinforcer Dale Evangelista suffered a concussion after getting head butted.
Attention is identified as the reinforcer for aggression, so the behavior analyst tells the parent to ignore problem behavior, resulting in extinction being applied to all three topographies by the parent.