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differential reinforcement


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In operant conditioning, reinforcement (1) that is contingent on more than a single response, as when a rat is reinforced for pressing a lever when one type of signal is given but not another. It is useful for determining what kinds of discriminations the organism is capable of making. See also differential reinforcement of high response rates, differential reinforcement of low response rates, differential reinforcement of other behaviour, differential reinforcement of paced responses.

Subjects: Psychology.


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