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Meaning of conditioning

con•di•tion•ing

Pronunciation: (kun-dish'u-ning), [key]
— n. Psychol.
  1. Also calleda process of changing behavior by rewarding or punishing a subject each time an action is performed until the subject associates the action with pleasure or distress.
  2. Also calleda process in which a stimulus that was previously neutral, as the sound of a bell, comes to evoke a particular response, as salivation, by being repeatedly paired with another stimulus that normally evokes the response, as the taste of food.
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