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habituation

Syllabification: ha·bit·u·a·tion
Pronunciation: /həˌbiCHəˈwāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of habituation in English:

noun

1The action of habituating or the condition of being habituated.
Example sentences
  • 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 a physiological or emotional response to a frequently repeated stimulus.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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