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Helplessness, Learned

Learned expectation that one's responses are independent of reward and, hence, do not predict or control the occurrence of rewards. Learned helplessness derives from a history, experimentally induced or naturally occurring, of having received punishment/aversive stimulation regardless of responses made. Such circumstances result in an impaired ability to learn. Used for human or animal populations. (APA, Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, 1994)

Year introduced: 1983

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Tree Number(s): F01.393.398, F02.463.425.420

MeSH Unique ID: D006380

Entry Terms:

  • Learned Helplessness

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