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behavior therapy


Definition: a therapy based on the concept that physical rather than mental events control overt behavior; such behavior is analyzed and selected behavior is then modified using specific techniques focusing on stimuli, conditioning, and learning, so as to improve health and functioning.

See: systematic desensitization, conditioning, learning

Synonym(s): behavior modification, conditioning therapy

See Also: cognitive therapy

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