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Operant Conditioning

by Yvette Martinez

When a previously conditioned response decreases in frequency and eventually disappears this is called what?

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response cesation
by: Anonymous

This is taken from Wikipedia's operant conditioning page: Your answer is EXTINCTION.

"Extinction occurs when a behavior (response) that had previously been reinforced is no longer effective. In the Skinner box experiment, this is the rat pushing the lever and being rewarded with a food pellet several times, and then pushing the lever again and never receiving a food pellet again. Eventually the rat would cease pushing the lever."

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