Psych M.D. – Spontaneous Recovery


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Term: Spontaneous Recovery
Definition (Myers):The reappearance, after a rest period, of a extinguished conditioned response
Definition (alternative): In classical conditioning, spontaneous recovery or resurgence in operant conditioning, is the reemergence of a conditioned response which has been previously extinguished. Spontaneous recoveries tend to yield somewhat muted responses in which extinction occurs more readily. (Wikipedia)
Contextual explanation: After some time, a learned behavior goes through extinction (diminishing of a conditioned response). But even after extinction, the behavior can appear again. This is called spontaneous recovery.

Related terms and concepts:
Psych M.D. - Classical Conditioning
Classical Conditioning & Pavlov’s Experiment
Psych M.D. - Operant Conditioning

Related websites:
St. Louis Children's Hospital: Spontaneous Recovery
About: Spontaneous Recovery
Wikia: Spontaneous Recovery
Edited by: Lydia



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