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stimulus

noun activator, animator, arouser, calcar, catalyst, catalytic agent, cause, drive, encouragement, fillip, goad, impetus, impulse, incentive, incitement, inducement, influence, mooivating force, motive, needle, prod, provocation, push, reason, shock, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stimulative, stimulator, sting, urge, whet
See also: cause, impetus, incentive, inducement, instigation, motive, origination, provocation, reason
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For example, if Jill not only felt guilty about previous inappropriate behavior but additionally described herself to be sexually unappealing, Jack's prompting Jill's confession might reduce her guilty behavior, and her body functioning as an erotic eliciting stimulus would likely terminate her disparaging remarks about her sex appeal.
The process can be summarized as follows: Stimuli that elicit a negative emotional response can be altered directly by pairing the negative eliciting stimulus with a stimulus known to elicit a positive emotional response.
The therapist acts as an eliciting stimulus of consumer respondent behavior, a discriminative stimulus for operant behavior, and a reinforcing stimulus for effective behavior.