stimulation

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
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n the act of arousing an organism to action

Types:
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

Synonyms:
input, stimulant, stimulus
Types:
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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
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:
information
knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction

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

Types:
activation
stimulation of activity in an organism or chemical
galvanisation, galvanization
stimulation with a galvanic current
indweller
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

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

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