Inhibition

People and animals learn to suppress responses to a stimulus if it is not followed by reinforcement.

Normally, when you put money in a candy machine and press a button, you receive candy. If on several occassions you put money in a candy machine and press the button without receiving any candy, you will not continue to use the candy machine. However, you continue to use the soda machine located beside the same candy machine.

 

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