Definition of instrumental conditioning in English:

instrumental conditioning

Pronunciation /ˈˌinztrəˈˌmen(t)l/ /ˈˌɪnztrəˈˌmɛn(t)l/ /ˈˌinstrəˈˌmen(t)l kənˈdiSH(ə)niNG/ /ˈˌɪnstrəˈˌmɛn(t)l kənˈdɪʃ(ə)nɪŋ/


  • A learning process in which behavior is modified by the reinforcing or inhibiting effects of the resulting consequences.

    ‘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.’