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counterconditioning

Pronunciation: kown'ter-kon-di'shun-ing

Definition: Any of a group of specific behavior therapy techniques in which a second conditioned response (approaching or even touching a snake) is introduced for the express purpose of counteracting or nullifying a previously conditioned or learned response (fear and avoidance of snakes).

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