negative reinforcement



negative reinforcement (uncountable)

  1. The removal of a discouraging stimulus associated with a particular behaviour with the result that it is more likely to be repeated.
    Coordinate term: positive reinforcement
    • 2015, Ilona Rodan; Sarah Heath, editors, Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare, Elsevier Health Sciences, →ISBN, page 46:
      With negative reinforcement, by removing something aversive, the likelihood that the behavior will occur again is increased.