Readiness Law Of This law is one of

the accessory principles to Thorndike's law of effect. The law of readiness states that when a stimulus-response unit is ready to conduct, it yields a satisfying effect as long as nothing interferes with its conducting action. When E. L. Thorndike proposed his law of readiness in 1913, it was little more than a guess that was stated in terms of "conduction units" as to the physiological conditions underlying its operation in the acquisition of behavior. Today, the law of readiness, and its correlate the law of unreadiness - where satisfaction is not forthcoming if the conducting unit is not ready, are important only as historical curiosities in the areas of conditioning and learning. See also EFFECT, LAW OF; EXERCISE, LAW OF; REINFORCEMENT, THORNDIKE'S THEORY OF. REFERENCE

Thorndike, E. L. (1913). Educational psychology. Vol. 2. The psychology of learning. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

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