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/