Definition


Learning not to respond to the repeated presentation of a stimulus
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Habituation is the decrease of a response to a repeated stimulus. Sensory adaptation occurs when someone can't detect the stimulus as well as when the stimulus first began. Habituation is a learned adaption to the repeated stimulus, not a reduction in sensory ability.

Quite Simply...


  • Learning to not respond to stimulation after a long time.

In Your Own Words


  • Getting used to stimuli that you're exposed to often and learning to ignore it.
  • Similar to sensory adaption in that you can decide which various stimuli are important to pay attention to and what are not.
  • A decrease in response to a stimulus after repeated presentations.
  • Also known as "selective hearing".
  • Becoming use to an environment because you have been exposed to the stimuli for a long period of time.


Examples of Habituation


  • While playing in a sports game, you learn to ignore the screaming fans or obnoxious people and just play.
  • Living near a train track and learning to ignore the train passing through.
  • Living in a city you learn to ignore all the traffic sounds that are going by during the day.
  • Working at a dog shelter and not noticing how much the dogs are barking.
  • Being a performer and no longer noticing how bright the stage lights are.
  • Living next to a racecar track and after a while you get use to the sounds.
  • Moving to a new town and noticing an accent when people speak but after awhile you stop noticing it.
  • Living in a house where the tv is constantly on, and after 2 weeks you get used to it
  • Not noticing the hum coming from the projector in the classroom after being in there for a while


Additional Resources


  1. Habituation
  2. http://www.animalbehavioronline.com/habituation.html
  3. http://psychology.about.com/od/hindex/g/def_habituation.htm
  4. http://www.netplaces.com/psychology/conditioning-and-learning/habituation-the-most-basic-form-of-learning.htm