avoidance behavior


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avoidance behavior,

n a conscious or unconscious defense mechanism by which a person tries to escape from unpleasant situations or feelings, such as anxiety and pain.
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Those who received propranolol displayed drastically reduced avoidance behavior and increased approach behavior, an effect that persisted for one year.
At least two processes appear to be at play in the development of avoidance behavior (Mowrer 1951).
As avoidance behavior increases, increased physical disability is more probable leading to due to diminished contact with reinforcers and depressed mood.
It's an avoidance behavior we see in depression," they said.
These attitudes are based on such a powerful association between a feared object--say, a spider--and a negative feeling about the species that a person with a phobia cannot see, or even think about, a spider without experiencing that automatic negative reaction, which leads to avoidance behavior.
The Siegel lab has also previously reported that hypocretin is required for the "pursuit of pleasure" in rodents but plays no role in avoidance behavior.
Landers MR, Durand C, Powell DS, Dibble LE and Young DL (2011) Development of a scale to assess avoidance behavior due to a fear of falling: The Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior Questionnaire.
Negative defensive medicine speaks to avoidance behavior, with the doctor foregoing interventions that he or she perceives as increased malpractice risk, such as performing invasive procedures.
By improving signal processing technology of vehicle-equipped cameras which helps enable the detection of people, other vehicles, road and obstacles around the vehicle, the Acceleration Suppression for Pedal Misapplication and Multi-Sensing System with Rear Camera help drivers to take avoidance behavior before an accident might occur.
Our findings shed light on the understanding of HIV-related avoidance among service providers, showing that the enhancement of UP could lead to the reduction of HIV-related avoidance behavior and increase the quality of service for PLH in medical settings.
That is, pain serves to initiate avoidance behavior.
A fan that jokes with others about how terrible his favorite team is playing may be demonstrating avoidance behavior.