negative reinforcement


negative reinforcement
/ˌnɛgətɪv riənˈfɔsmənt/ (say .neguhtiv reeuhn'fawsmuhnt)

noun
1. Psychology the reinforcement of a desired behaviour resulting from setting up an aversive stimulus in instances where the behaviour is lacking and then removing that aversive stimulus when the behaviour is present (opposed to positive reinforcement).
2. (in popular use) the discouragement of undesirable behaviour by punishing instances of it.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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