escape conditioning

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A form of operant conditioning in which an organism learns to avoid an aversive stimulus. Typically, a rat is placed in a long, narrow alleyway with an electrified grid floor and can escape painful stimulation by running to the end of the alley and stepping into a non-electrified goal box, learning being evidenced by progressively faster running speeds. Also called escape learning. Compare avoidance conditioning.

Subjects: Psychology.

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