operant conditioning
operant conditioning op"er*ant con*di"tion*ing, n. (Psychol.) A process for causing animals to behave in a specific manner by rewarding or punishing the animal each time it performs a certain act; after a time, the animal comes to associate the reward or punishment with the act, and will increase or decrease the frequency of performing that act. [PJC]

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