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reactive inhibition


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A term used in drive theory to describe a depressant variable that is built up during non-reinforced trials and that reduces the quality of a performance. Reactive inhibition has been used to explain why a basketball player attempting a hundred foul shots, performs better in the middle of the session than at the end, and generally performs better ar the beginning of a new day than at the end of a previous session.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.


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