Avoidance learning is a powerful influence on human behavior. It is generated by encountering a negative situation, observing other people in similar circumstances, or being informed about the consequences of behavior. Verbal and written language serve frequently as warning stimuli that occasion avoidance-maintained responding. In a clinical context, avoidance learning has been incorporated to overcome problems and teach compensatory skills.

James K. Luiselli The May Institute, Inc., Norwood, MA

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