counterconditioning

noun
coun·​ter·​con·​di·​tion·​ing | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-kən-ˈdi-sh(ə-)niŋ How to pronounce counterconditioning (audio) \

Definition of counterconditioning

: conditioning in order to replace an undesirable response (such as fear) to a stimulus (such as an engagement in public speaking) by a favorable one

Examples of counterconditioning in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, use gradual desensitization and counterconditioning to help reduce her stress and be better able to manage it in scary situations. Star Tribune, 18 Dec. 2020 Riemer found that at-home counterconditioning was one of the most effective ways to alleviate the dog’s stress. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020 Dogs who received this counterconditioning were 70 percent less scared during fireworks, on average, than dogs who did not. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of counterconditioning

1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterconditioning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterconditioning. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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counterconditioning

noun
coun·​ter·​con·​di·​tion·​ing | \ ˌkau̇nt-ər-kən-ˈdish-(ə-)niŋ \

Medical Definition of counterconditioning

: conditioning in order to replace an undesirable response (as fear) to a stimulus (as an engagement in public speaking) by a favorable one

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