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extrinsic reinforcement

provision of a reward for performing an action, such as giving a child candy for reading. The reward itself is called an extrinsic reinforcer. Some evidence suggests that extrinsic reinforcement decreases later involvement in the action unless the reward is given only to induce interest. Compare intrinsic reinforcement.

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February 26th 2024

spasmodic dysphonia

spasmodic dysphonia

a rare voice disorder with symptoms including momentary periods of uncontrolled vocal spasms, stuttering, tightness in the throat, and recurrent hoarseness. The cause is unknown, but the condition may be attributed to a neurological or physiological disturbance or to psychological factors. Spasmodic dysphonia (formerly known as spastic dysphonia) particularly affects public speakers.