Definition of reinforcer in US English:

reinforcer

noun

  • See reinforce

    • ‘Hence, the therapist will often help the caregivers develop increased family structure, operationalize desired youth behavior, and identify natural reinforcers to be linked with desired behavior.’
    • ‘They trained a rat to press a bar, using pellets of food as reinforcers.’
    • ‘For an intelligent and sensitive child, merely withholding praise and approval can be powerful negative reinforcers that are much more effective than angry words and harsh language.’
    • ‘Treats are often used as reinforcers, but praise, such as ‘good dog’ or a pat on the head, can also be effective rewards.’
    • ‘Because they are convenient, practical and can be highly effective, social reinforcers are the most widely accepted and frequently used type of reinforcer in the early childhood classroom.’