reinforcer

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reinforcer

 [re″in-for´ser]
anything that produces reinforcement, whether positive to desirable events, or negative to undesirable events which are reinforced in their removal.

re·in·forc·er

, positive reinforcernegative reinforcer (rē'in-fōrs'ĕr),
In conditioning, a pleasant or satisfaction-yielding (positive reinforcer) or painful or unsatisfying (negative reinforcer), stimulus, object, or stimulus event that is obtained on the performance of a desired or predetermined operant.
See also: reinforcement (3).
Synonym(s): reward

reinforcer

/re·in·forc·er/ (-in-for´ser) any stimulus that produces reinforcement, a positive r. being a desirable event strengthening responses preceding its occurrence and a negative r. being an undesirable event strengthening responses leading to its termination.

reinforcer

(rē′ĭn-fôr′sər)
n. Psychology
A stimulus, such as a reward, the removal of an unpleasant event, or a punishment, that in operant conditioning maintains or strengthens a desired response.

reinforcer

[rē′infôr′sər]
(in psychology) a consequence that increases the probability that an operant will recur.

re·in·for·cer

, positive reinforcer , negative reinforcer (rē'in-fōrs'ĕr, pozi-tiv, negă-tiv)
In conditioning, a pleasant or satisfaction-yielding (positive reinforcer) or painful or unsatisfying (negative reinforcer) stimulus, object, or stimulus event that is obtained upon the performance of a desired or predetermined operant.
See also: reinforcement (3)
Synonym(s): reward.

reinforcer

the stimulus that provides reinforcement.

second-order reinforcer
a conditioned reinforcer; a neutral stimulus is paired with a natural reinforcer thereby acquiring reinforcing properties.
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