Definition of counterconditioning in English:


Syllabification: coun·ter·con·di·tion·ing
Pronunciation: /ˌkountərkənˈdiSH(ə)niNG


  • A technique employed in animal training, and in the treatment of phobias and similar conditions in humans, in which behavior incompatible with a habitual undesirable pattern is induced. Compare with decondition ( sense 2).
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    • ‘For example, with counter-conditioning if a dog sees a child running it can be retrained to react by going to its owner for a treat,’ Dr Kase said.
    • Behavioral changes involve activities that change overt behaviors and include counter-conditioning, stimulus control, contingency management, self-liberation, and helping relationships.
    • Desensitization and counter-conditioning are so effective that one can honestly call this problem 99% solvable.

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