instrumental learning meaning

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  • [Medicine]
    Learning situations in which the sequence responses of the subject are instrumental in producing reinforcement. When the correct response occurs,which involves the selection from among a repertoire of responses,the subject is immediately reinforced.


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  1. The process of developing an addiction occurs through instrumental learning, which is otherwise known as operant conditioning.
  2. Another study demonstrated that both NMDA and AMPA ( both glutamate receptors ) play important roles in regulating instrumental learning.
  3. Their book, " Social Learning and Imitation ", listed the four fundamentals necessary for instrumental learning.
  4. In instrumental learning situations, which involve operant behavior, the persuasive communicator will present his message and then wait for the receiver to make a correct response.
  5. The systematic study of disordered animal behavior draws on research in comparative psychology, including the early work on conditioning and instrumental learning, but also on ethological studies of natural behavior.

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