BEHAVIORAL CONTINGENCY

n. that possibility that there may or may not be a relationship between an individual's specific response and the frequency and regularity by which that response has been reinforced. Already, there are expectations on the consequences of behaving in a certain way and these, in turn, shape the behavior.

BEHAVIORAL CONTINGENCY: "In a way, behavioral contingency 'dictates' that, when you've come to expect that people will be fashionably late for a party, then you condition yourself not to show up too early either. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "BEHAVIORAL CONTINGENCY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/behavioral-contingency/ (accessed November 25, 2020).
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