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STIMULUS (stimuli)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does stimulus mean? 

  The noun STIMULUS has 1 sense:

1. any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

  Familiarity information: STIMULUS used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


stimulant; stimulus; input; stimulation

Hypernyms ("stimulus" is a kind of...):

information (knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "stimulus"):

elicitation; evocation; induction (stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors)

kick (the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs))

turn-on (something causing excitement or stimulating interest)

negative stimulation; turnoff (something causing antagonism or loss of interest)

conditioned stimulus (the stimulus that is the occasion for a conditioned response)

reinforcement; reinforcer; reinforcing stimulus ((psychology) a stimulus that strengthens or weakens the behavior that produced it)

cue; discriminative stimulus (a stimulus that provides information about what to do)

positive stimulus (a stimulus with desirable consequences)

negative stimulus (a stimulus with undesirable consequences)

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