operant conditioning

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operant conditioning (uncountable)

  1. (psychology) A technique of behavior modification through positive and negative reinforcement and positive and negative punishment.
    Coordinate term: classical conditioning
    • 2015, Ilona Rodan; Sarah Heath, editors, Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare, Elsevier Health Sciences, →ISBN, page 45:
      With operant conditioning, the animal repeats behaviors that have desired consequences and avoids behaviors that lead to undesirable consequences (Figure 5-5).

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