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autoshaping Line breaks: auto|shap¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈɔːtə(ʊ)ʃeɪpɪŋ/

Definition of autoshaping in English:


[mass noun] Psychology
Conditioning in which the conditioned response has not been reinforced by reward or punishment, but is a modified instinctive response to certain stimuli.
Example sentences
  • After a week of acclimation to the cages (when food was provided by a separate feeder), birds were induced to peck the response keys by a standard autoshaping procedure.
  • In this video, a pigeon that has initially undergone autoshaping training is placed on an omission schedule.
  • There were significant differences in rate of acquisition of lever pressing during the autoshaping training between different groups of rats.

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