operant conditioning


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Origin of operant conditioning

First recorded in 1940–45

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Medicine definitions for operant conditioning

operant conditioning


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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