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Social Reinforcement - Psychology Definition of the Week

By January 25, 2013

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Definition: Social reinforcement involves things such as attention, smiles, and praise from other people. It often occurs naturally and can serve as a powerful form of reinforcement. For example, researchers have found that children who received social reinforcement for studying spent twice as much time studying as students who did not receive this attention and praise for their efforts.

Learn more in this overview of social reinforcement.

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