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behavior modification

noun, Psychology
1.
the direct changing of unwanted behavior by means of biofeedback or conditioning.
Origin
1970-1975
1970-75
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behavior-modification in Medicine

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 in Science
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 in Culture

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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