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behavior modification Syllabification: be·ha·vior mod·i·fi·ca·tion

Definition of behavior modification in English:

noun

1The alteration of behavioral patterns through the use of such learning techniques as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement.
Example sentences
  • Perhaps more important, understanding the biological roots of violence may enable doctors to intervene with drugs, behavior modification or other techniques to try to offset a person's violent tendencies.
  • Cults often use behavior modification on followers, such as thought - stopping techniques and instilling an ‘us-versus-them’ mindset, Hassan said.
  • Positive behavioral supports are an alternative to punishment and other traditional methods of behavior modification, which do not necessarily teach positive behaviors or create a climate of civility.
2 another term for behavior therapy.

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