refers to the establishment of a pattern of behavior that prevents, postpones, or reduces the frequency of aversive stimulation. In a typical conditioning experiment a buzzer is sounded, then a shock is applied to the subject (e.g., a dog) until it decides to perform a particular act (e.g., jumping over a fence). After several trials, the dog jumps when the buzzer sounds, thus avoiding the shock. Also known as avoidance learning- avoidance training.
AVOIDANCE CONDITIONING: "A person who has been subject to avoidance conditioning will likely avoid tests because he or she has received a multitude of consequences each time he or she has taken a test. "
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AVOIDANCE CONDITIONING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avoidance-conditioning/ (accessed March 21, 2023).