behavior modification

behavior modification

noun Psychology.
the direct changing of unwanted behavior by means of biofeedback or conditioning.

Origin:
1970–75

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behavior modification n.

  1. The use of basic learning techniques, such as conditioning, biofeedback, reinforcement, or aversion therapy, to teach simple skills or alter undesirable behavior.

  2. See behavior therapy.

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behavior modification  
The alteration of human behavior using basic learning techniques such as biofeedback and positive or negative reinforcement (as in rewards and punishments).
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behavior modification definition


The changing of a person's reactions to certain situations or stimuli. Behavior therapy, a form of psychotherapy advocated in behaviorism, uses a variety of methods, such as assertiveness training, conditioned response, and hypnosis, to change unsatisfactory or deviant patterns of behavior.

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