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operant conditioning

noun
1.
conditioning (def 1).
Origin of operant conditioning
1940-1945
First recorded in 1940-45
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operant conditioning in Medicine

operant conditioning n.
A process of behavior modification in which a subject is encouraged to behave in a desired manner through positive or negative reinforcement, so that the subject comes to associate the pleasure or displeasure of the reinforcement with the behavior.

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