instrumental conditioning

instrumental conditioning
learning in which the frequency of a particular voluntary response is altered by the application of positive or negative consequences; called also operant c.

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  • instrumental conditioning — noun operant conditioning that pairs a response with a reinforcement in discrete trials; reinforcement occurs only after the response is given • Hypernyms: ↑operant conditioning …   Useful english dictionary

  • instrumental conditioning — Psychol. conditioning (def. 1). [1935 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • instrumental conditioning — See conditioning …   Dictionary of sociology

  • instrumental conditioning — /ɪnstrəˌmɛntl kənˈdɪʃənɪŋ/ (say instruh.mentl kuhn dishuhning) noun → operant conditioning …  

  • instrumental conditioning — /ˌɪnstrυment(ə)l kən dɪʃ(ə)nɪŋ/ noun same as operant conditioning …   Marketing dictionary in english

  • conditioning — /keuhn dish euh ning/, n. Psychol. 1. Also called operant conditioning, instrumental conditioning. a process of changing behavior by rewarding or punishing a subject each time an action is performed until the subject associates the action with… …   Universalium

  • instrumental — adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. serving as a crucial means, agent, or tool < was instrumental in organizing the strike > b. of, relating to, or done with an instrument or tool 2. relating to, composed for, or performed on a musical instrument… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • conditioning — Synonyms and related words: Pavlovian conditioning, absorption and regurgitation, acclimation, acclimatization, accommodation, accustoming, adaptation, adaption, addictive, adjustment, apprenticeship, automatic writing, automatism, basic training …   Moby Thesaurus

  • instrumental — in·stru·men·tal .in(t) strə ment əl adj OPERANT <instrumental learning> <instrumental conditioning> * * * in·stru·men·tal (in″strə menґtəl) 1. pertaining to or performed by instruments. 2. serving as a means to a… …   Medical dictionary

  • instrumental learning — instrumental learning, Psychology. a form of conditioning in which the subject learns to respond by reinforcement of his previous responses; operant conditioning: »In instrumental learning a conditioned stimulus is presented along with an… …   Useful english dictionary

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