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
  1. noun
    the act of arousing an organism to action
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    types:
    galvanisation, galvanization
    stimulation that arouses a person to lively action
    type of:
    arousal, rousing
    the act of arousing
  2. noun
    any stimulating information or event; acts to arouse action
    synonyms: input, stimulant, stimulus
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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
  3. noun
    (physiology) the effect of a stimulus (on nerves or organs etc.)
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    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)
  4. noun
    mutual sexual fondling prior to sexual intercourse
    synonyms: arousal
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    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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