AUTOMAINTENANCE

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n. refers to the maintenance of behaviors established by behavior-independent stimulus-reinforcer pairings. For example, key-pecking behavior in pigeons that is established through autoshaping.

AUTOMAINTENANCE: "A person undergoing auto maintenance is maintaining previous gains that were achieved through operant conditioning."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AUTOMAINTENANCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/automaintenance/ (accessed June 30, 2022).

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