AVERSIVE STIMULUS

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refers to any stimulus or occurrence that evokes avoidance behavior or escape behavior in an individual. Also known as an aversive event. See also avoidance conditioning.

AVERSIVE STIMULUS: "The spider was an aversive stimulus for an individual because he or she was afraid of insects."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AVERSIVE STIMULUS," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/aversive-stimulus/ (accessed May 24, 2022).

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