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operant conditioning[′äp·ə·rənt kən′dish·ə·niŋ]
A form of learning in which the subject, in a given situation, tends to respond in a way that produces rewarding effects, reinforcing previous pleasurable experiences. Also known as instrumental conditioning; reinforcement conditioning.
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operant conditioningSee CONDITIONING.
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