Definition of "reinforcer" []

  • Psychology A stimulus, such as a reward, the removal of an unpleasant event, or a punishment, that in operant conditioning maintains or strengthens a desired response. (noun)

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Use "reinforcer" in a sentence
  • "In animal behavior, a reinforcer is a reward which tends to increase the frequency of a behavior."
  • "I fully support using reinforcements to motivate certain behaviors, however it is counterproductive to reinforce a behavior you desire, such as doing well in school for the week, with a reinforcer such as candy which aside from tasting good has nothing but negative health consequences."
  • "One of the behavior modification methods discussed was pointing one's finger as a visual reinforcer in tandem with a verbal reinforcer being given to a child."