Sidman avoidance conditioning

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A type of avoidance conditioning in which the organism receives an aversive stimulus (such as an electric shock) at regular fixed intervals, without any warning signal, unless it performs an avoidance response (such as jumping over a barrier), and each avoidance response resets the timer to zero. Also called free operant avoidance conditioning. [Named after the US psychologist Murray Sidman (born 1923) who popularized it in the early 1960s]

Subjects: Psychology.

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