Stimulation spurs an organism to act. It can also be any specific event that causes someone to do something.

Have you ever had a teacher who made you excited about a subject you didn't like before, causing you to study harder and learn more? That teacher must've provided stimulation: through the teacher, you were motivated to give more effort to the class. Like a stimulant, stimulation causes things to happen. A doctor hitting your knee is a type of stimulation that makes your leg jerk up. In zoos, animals are provided with food-based stimulation to make them exercise.

Definitions of stimulation

n the act of arousing an organism to action

galvanisation, galvanization
stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
Type of:
arousal, rousing
the act of arousing

n any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action

input, stimulant, stimulus
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elicitation, evocation, induction
stimulation that calls up (draws forth) a particular class of behaviors
the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)
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
positive reinforcer, positive reinforcing stimulus
a reinforcing stimulus that serves to increase the likelihood of the response that produces it
negative reinforcer, negative reinforcing stimulus
a reinforcing stimulus whose removal serves to decrease the likelihood of the response that produced it
bonus, fillip
anything that tends to arouse
delight, joy, pleasure
something or someone that provides a source of happiness
annoyance, bother, botheration, infliction, pain, pain in the ass, pain in the neck
something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
aversive stimulus
any negative stimulus to which an organism will learn to make a response that avoids it
concern, headache, vexation, worry
something or someone that causes anxiety; a source of unhappiness
grief, sorrow
something that causes great unhappiness
Type of:
knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

n (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)

stimulation of activity in an organism or chemical
galvanisation, galvanization
stimulation with a galvanic current
activation by an inner spirit or force or principle
Type of:
action, activity, natural action, natural process
a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

n mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse

caressing, cuddling, fondling, hugging, kissing, necking, petting, smooching, snuggling
affectionate play (or foreplay without contact with the genital organs)
(British informal) cuddle and kiss
Type of:
sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice
activities associated with sexual intercourse

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