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goal stimulus

1. in Hull’s mathematico-deductive theory of learning, a desired object or goal.

2. more generally, a proprioceptive or other interoceptive stimulus arising from goal-directed behavior.

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May 26th 2024



n. a drug that is used to reduce physiological and subjective symptoms of anxiety. In the past, distinctions were made between so-called major tranquilizers (antipsychotics) and minor tranquilizers (anxiolytics; e.g., benzodiazepines).