AVERSIVE CONDITIONING

the process by which an unwanted behavior is paired with a noxious or unpleasant stimulus, with the intention to reduce the undesired behavior. This...

BASIC HOSTILITY

n. a hostile pattern which is characterized as a bad attitude. Having developed from basic anxiety, it makes the infant feel dependent on the...

BEHAVIOR SETTING

n. in environmental psychology, refers to the environment as the setting for observing behavior. This setting, for instance, may include the physical, geographical, and...

BEHAVIORAL INTEGRATION

n. the process of combining individual behaviors into one whole behavioral unit. Instead of functioning separately, these behaviors become coordinated and synchronized with each...

BIOGENIC AMINE HYPOTHESIS

n. the hypothesis which postulates that a number of disorders (such as depression) result from a deficiency or excess in biogenic amines (e.g. norepinephrine)....

BOUNDARY ISSUES

n. in therapy and health care, refers to ethical issues which surround the relationship between a therapist and a patient. Ideally, boundaries set limits...

CATASTROPHIC REACTION

n. an inability to cope with trauma or shock that results in highly-disorganized behavior. This is characterized by deep feelings of anxiety, inadequacy, and...

BLOCKING

1. When a thought process suddenly stops. 2. Used in stimulus control where previous learning prevents the second stimulus being as noticable as the...

CONFIDENCE INTERVAL

a fluctuating scale of values, utilized for approximating the value of a populace quantity from information acquired in a test example, with a predetermined,...

CONSEQUENCE

noun. A result of behavior in a chosen scenario.

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