Definition of conditioned response in English:

conditioned response

(also conditioned reflex)


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

    • ‘According to a Chinese Psychological Society report, Pavlov's theory of conditioned reflexes dominated in this period.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘O'Brien and colleagues have concentrated on conditioned responses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The stress relief through picking became a ritual or habit, a conditioned reflex in response to stress.’
    • ‘What comes next is the hard work of breaking the pattern of aggression, learning new conditioned responses to one's deepest values.’
    • ‘I felt there must be more to myself and to the universe of behavior than conditioned responses.’
    • ‘We forget that the feelings and emotions we have are all conditioned responses, arising out of the particular conditions of our lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So chances are, your judgements are not your own but natural or conditioned responses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It only prevented learning of the conditioned response.’
    • ‘Then the phone rang and my conditioned response brought me back to ‘reality’ and I felt a lot better.’
    • ‘The principle that underlies these models is that promotions act as a stimulus which gives rise to a conditioned response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The effects of nicotine are important when examining smoking from a behavioural perspective, as these effects have the potential to lead to conditioned responses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Who knows, maybe the conditioned responses never entirely go away.’