token economy

noun
to·​ken economy | \ ˈtō-kən- How to pronounce token economy (audio) \

Medical Definition of token economy

: a system of operant conditioning used for behavior therapy that involves rewarding desirable behaviors with tokens which can be exchanged for items or privileges (as food or free time) and punishing undesirable behaviors (as destruction or violence) by taking away tokens

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“Token economy.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/token%20economy. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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