Definition of habituation in English:


Line breaks: ha¦bitu|ation
Pronunciation: /həbɪtʃʊˈeɪʃ(ə)n
, həbɪtjʊ-/


[mass noun]
  • 1The action or process of becoming habituated: the training of the horse does not depend on force but on habituation
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    • It has never been as painstaking as this habituation process.
    • However, taken together, the large number of empirical similarities suggests strongly that common processes contribute to habituation and extinction.
    • Instead, lower level processes, such as habituation, may contribute.
  • 1.1 Psychology The diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus: habituation was leading to a marked drop in arousal level in these subjects
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    • Almost every species studied, from amoeba to man, exhibits some form of habituation when the stimulus is frequently repeated or constantly applied.
    • As a result, conditioned responding should decrease during extinction as habituation occurs to the stimuli that support conditioned responding.
    • One possible explanation for this finding is that long-term habituation accumulates with successive stimulus exposures and survives the lengthy time between trials.


late Middle English (in the sense 'formation of habit'): from French or from Latin habitatio(n)-, from late Latin habituare (see habituate).

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