higher order conditioning

high·er or·der con·di·tion·ing

the use of a previously conditioned stimulus to condition further responses, in much the same way unconditioned stimuli are used.
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As a result, directly established stimulus functions of words can transfer to other words, symbols, and events indirectly via higher order conditioning.
Higher order conditioning and the transfer of emotion-eliciting functions.
By doing so, however, persons also establish various stimulus functions to otherwise neutral stimulus events via higher order conditioning and transfer of emotional functions.
The failure of higher order conditioning to account for the strength of the CR.

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