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conditioned stimulus



  1. a stimulus applied to one of the sense organs (receptors of vision, hearing, touch) that are an essential and integral part of the neural mechanism underlying a conditioned reflex;
  2. a neutral stimulus, when paired with the unconditioned stimulus in simultaneous presentation to an organism, capable of eliciting a given response.

See: classical conditioning, higher order conditioning

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