circular reaction

cir·cu·lar re·ac·tion

in sensorimotor theory, the tendency of an organism to repeat novel experiences.
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The hunger for news, illustrated by non-coverage of the Ethiopian famine of the 1980s which evolved into "emphatic coverage," is presented as an example of "circular reaction in media hypes," in Chapter 3 (pp.