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latent learning

[ leyt-nt lur-ning ]
/ ˈleɪt nt ˈlɜr nɪŋ /
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noun
Psychology. the unconscious acquisition and retention of knowledge or skills without demonstrating them until the need arises or a reward or reinforcement is offered:The idea of latent learning suggests that animals, and people, may learn simply by experiencing or watching.
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Origin of latent learning

First recorded in 1925–30
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latent learning

noun
psychol learning mediated neither by reward nor by the expectation of reward
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