a form of therapy emphasizing the correction of a person's undesirable behavior through Pavlovian conditioning, aversive therapy, or similar learning techniques.
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Origin of behavior therapy
First recorded in 1955–60
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Medicine definitions for behavior therapy
A form of psychotherapy that uses basic learning techniques to modify maladaptive behavior patterns by substituting new responses to given stimuli for undesirable ones.behavior modification
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