Definition of instrumental conditioning in English:

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instrumental conditioning

Pronunciation: /ɪnstrəˌmɛnt(ə)l kənˌdɪʃ(ə)nɪŋ/

noun

[mass noun] Psychology
A learning process in which behaviour is modified by the reinforcing or inhibiting effect of its consequence.
Example sentences
  • There are two sorts of learning processes underlying instrumental conditioning.
  • Thus with both classical and instrumental conditioning, it is the relation of the conditioned stimulus to subsequent behavior that produces learning.
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