behavior modification


noun Psychology.

the direct changing of unwanted behavior by means of biofeedback or conditioning.

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Origin of behavior modification

First recorded in 1970–75
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Medical definitions for behavior modification

behavior modification

n.

The use of basic learning techniques, such as conditioning, biofeedback, reinforcement, or aversion therapy, to teach simple skills or alter undesirable behavior.
behavior therapy
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Scientific definitions for behavior modification

behavior modification

The alteration of human behavior using basic learning techniques such as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement (as in rewards and punishments).
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Cultural definitions for behavior modification

behavior modification

The changing of a person's reactions to certain situations or stimuli. Behavior therapy, a form of psychotherapy advocated in behaviorism, uses a variety of methods, such as assertiveness training, conditioned response, and hypnosis, to change unsatisfactory or deviant patterns of behavior.

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