Definition of conditioned response in English:

conditioned response

(also conditioned reflex)

Pronunciation /kənˈdiSHnd rəˈspäns/ /kənˈdɪʃnd rəˈspɑns/ /rēˈspäns/ /riˈspɑns/


  • An automatic response established by training to an ordinarily neutral stimulus.

    ‘Furthermore, research also needs to establish if the conditioned responses can be successfully extinguished and, if so, the most effective way of achieving this goal.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the study also found limited support for the notion that physiological and cognitive responses to nicotine might also have the capacity to become conditioned responses.’
    • ‘If a person is feeling euphoric and at long last can envision themselves as depression free in the future, any setback will cause a flight back to the conditioned response of suicidal ideation.’
    • ‘For example, an animal might be exposed to more stimuli if it actively explored when the conditioned response was prevented and explored less when it was not.’
    • ‘According to a Chinese Psychological Society report, Pavlov's theory of conditioned reflexes dominated in this period.’
    • ‘Consistent with our argument, it is exposure to the stimuli that are associated with conditioning and not the emission of the conditioned response that produces extinction.’
    • ‘The stress relief through picking became a ritual or habit, a conditioned reflex in response to stress.’
    • ‘It only prevented learning of the conditioned response.’
    • ‘The effects of nicotine are important when examining smoking from a behavioural perspective, as these effects have the potential to lead to conditioned responses.’
    • ‘What comes next is the hard work of breaking the pattern of aggression, learning new conditioned responses to one's deepest values.’
    • ‘It was expected that the novel environment would come to elicit compensatory conditioned responses in the smoking group but not in the mock smoking group.’
    • ‘O'Brien and colleagues have concentrated on conditioned responses.’
    • ‘I felt there must be more to myself and to the universe of behavior than conditioned responses.’
    • ‘The principle that underlies these models is that promotions act as a stimulus which gives rise to a conditioned response.’
    • ‘We forget that the feelings and emotions we have are all conditioned responses, arising out of the particular conditions of our lives.’
    • ‘So chances are, your judgements are not your own but natural or conditioned responses.’
    • ‘Then the phone rang and my conditioned response brought me back to ‘reality’ and I felt a lot better.’
    • ‘Whereas some of my desires are just appetites or conditioned responses I find myself stuck with, others are expressions of judgments on my part that the objects I desire are good.’
    • ‘People with Alzheimer's disease tend not show the same degree of conditioned responses to fear as healthy people, putting them at greater risk of injury than others.’
    • ‘Who knows, maybe the conditioned responses never entirely go away.’