self-conditioning

conditioning

[kuhn-dish-uh-ning]
noun Psychology.
1.
Also called operant conditioning, instrumental conditioning. a process of changing behavior by rewarding or punishing a subject each time an action is performed until the subject associates the action with pleasure or distress.
2.
Also called classical conditioning, Pavlovian conditioning, respondent conditioning. a process in which a stimulus that was previously neutral, as the sound of a bell, comes to evoke a particular response, as salivation, by being repeatedly paired with another stimulus that normally evokes the response, as the taste of food.

Origin:
1915–20; condition + -ing1

self-conditioning, adjective
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conditioning (kənˈdɪʃənɪŋ)
 
n
1.  psychol classical conditioning See also instrumental learning the learning process by which the behaviour of an organism becomes dependent on an event occurring in its environment
 
adj
2.  (of a shampoo, cosmetic, etc) intended to improve the condition of something: a conditioning rinse

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condition
early 14c., from O.Fr. condition, from L. condicionem (nom. condicio) "agreement, situation," from condicere "to speak with, talk together," from com- "together" + dicere "to speak" (see diction). Evolution of meaning through "stipulation, condition," to "situation, mode
of being." The verb meaning "to bring to a desired condition" is from 1850.
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conditioning con·di·tion·ing (kən-dĭsh'ə-nĭng)
n.
A process of behavior modification by which a subject comes to associate a desired behavior with a previously unrelated stimulus.

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conditioning   (kən-dĭsh'ə-nĭng)  Pronunciation Key 
See classical conditioning.
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