law of effect


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law of effect

n
(Psychology) psychol another name for Thorndike's law. See Thorndike
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Noun1.law of effect - (psychology) the principle that behaviors are selected by their consequences; behavior having good consequences tends to be repeated whereas behavior that leads to bad consequences is not repeated
law of nature, law - a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature; "the laws of thermodynamics"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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Thorndike (1927) speaks of an empirical "law of effect" wherein an action elicited by a stimulus that produces a pleasant result tends to be repeated whenever the same stimulus is applied.
Thorndike: The Law of Effect. American Journal of Psychology, 1927