habituation habituation

Definition(s):

  1. (n) being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)
  2. (n) a general accommodation to unchanging environmental conditions

Usage(s):

  1. The problem with habituation is that it can also lead us to go to the other extreme, worrying not too much but too little.
  2. Normally, repeated exposure to the same experiences or images leads to habituation, or reduced response.
  3. What does concern parents, administrators and doctors is the possibility of psychological habituation.

News

  • DNR responds: Why Rogers bear permit wasn't renewed

    The decision to not renew Dr. Rogers’ research permit came after careful consideration of the public safety implications of the permitted activity. The habituation of bears to humans — including hand feeding and close interactions between bears and people — creates a very real public safety issue.
    on July 28, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Quotes

  • "Psychologists call this habituation, economists call it declining marginal utility and the rest of us call it marriage," Gilbert writes.
    on Apr 17, 2007 By: Daniel Gilbert Source: The Age

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