Definition of instrumental conditioning in English:

instrumental conditioning


mass nounPsychology
  • A learning process in which behaviour is modified by the reinforcing or inhibiting effect of its consequence.

    ‘There are two sorts of learning processes underlying instrumental conditioning.’
    ‘Thus with both classical and instrumental conditioning, it is the relation of the conditioned stimulus to subsequent behavior that produces learning.’


instrumental conditioning

/ɪnstrəˌmɛnt(ə)l kənˌdɪʃ(ə)nɪŋ/