instrumental conditioning

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Noun1.instrumental conditioning - operant conditioning that pairs a response with a reinforcement in discrete trials; reinforcement occurs only after the response is given
operant conditioning - conditioning in which an operant response is brought under stimulus control by virtue of presenting reinforcement contingent upon the occurrence of the operant response
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It addresses the effects of instrumental conditioning, including economic analysis of instrumental conditioning effects.
(2004) used a revaluation procedure to analyze R-O associations in human instrumental conditioning. They found that increasing or decreasing the value of the outcome after learning different R-O pairings increased or decreased, respectively, the response related with the specific outcome whose value was modified.
They apply concepts from the psychology of learning, such as classical and instrumental conditioning, to understand psychological disorders such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and drug addiction.
With the goal of extending the exploration of these phenomena to a different task and species, the experiment reported here used a human instrumental conditioning task.

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