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 (ə-vûr′sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing avoidance of a thing, situation, or behavior by using an unpleasant or punishing stimulus, as in techniques of behavior modification.

a·ver′sive·ly adv.
a·ver′sive·ness n.


the condition of being characterized by aversion
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As highlighted in the introduction, authors have discussed the use of games as a way to decrease the aversiveness of ordinary academic tasks (de Rose & Gil, 2003; Procee et al.
It is possible that the use of English in his classroom increased aversiveness of the demands presented and that our use of Spanish reduced the motivation for problem behavior.
Task aversivness and procrastination: A multidimensional approach to task aversiveness across stages of personal projects.
Likewise, the Kuhnen and Knutson (2005) study showing the correlation between the activation in nucleus accumbens and the tendency to make risk-seeking mistakes depends on the psychological tests for the risk aversiveness being sound.
The aversiveness of various associative experiences was also examined.
The motivational systems identified are those involved with physiological regulation, attachment to individuals, group affiliation, caregiving, preferences, aversiveness, and sensuality/ sexuality.
When people who understand themselves to be degraded, dispossessed, or abjected by a dominant order adopt and appropriate (sometimes even celebrate) what is otherwise castigated as filth, there is a possibility of revaluing its aversiveness.
186 ) which indicates that the construct of risky behavior in this paper, is represented to be a second-order constructs, with two orthogonal indicators (that is, aversiveness to tobacco companies, and aversiveness to tobacco).
Expectancy-value theoretical models of psychology also envelop elements that are essential to self-regulation as they "attempt to relate action to the perceived attractiveness or aversiveness of expected consequences.
Section V addresses other empirical issues, including the role of spanking in escalations of disciplinary actions toward abuse, the aversiveness of spanking compared to alternatives, and ethnic differences in the apparent outcomes of spanking.
Overall, 96% of the participants reported post-orgasmic clitoral hypersensitivity and a comparable percentage indicated aversiveness to further post-orgasm clitoral stimulation.
With the exception of the aversiveness subscale, the data from the other six subscales follow the same pattern as the overall mean data with the two experimental conditions (directional and omnidirectional) not significantly different from one another but superior to the old aid condition, which in turn was superior to the unaided condition.