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Negative Reinforcement - Psychology Definition of the Week

By May 20, 2011

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Negative reinforcement is a key concept in B.F. Skinner's theory of operant conditioning. Negative reinforcement involves strengthening a behavior through the removal of an aversive stimulus. People often confuse negative reinforcement with punishment, but the two are not the same. Remember, reinforcement is used to increase the likelihood that a behavior will reoccur, while punishment is used to decrease a behavior.

Learn more about this important behavioral concept and find real-world examples in this definition of negative reinforcement.

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