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verbal conditioning

the conditioning of a verbal response (such as the use of a specific word) through reinforcement, usually given in the form of attention or praise. For instance, the experimenter might respond “Okay” whenever the participant uses the pronoun I but does not respond to the use of other pronouns. [introduced in 1955 by U.S. behaviorist Joel Greenspoon (1920–2004)]

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June 19th 2024



n. in infants, lack of psychomotor response or failure to gain weight or produce purposeful behavior, often thought to be a response to separation from mothers and subsequent institutionalization. See also reactive attachment disorder.