Verb (used with object) : to stimulate his interest in mathematics. From Dictionary.com.
The message is that art criticism is all too often a form of self-stimulation. From Wordnik.com. [The Museum on the Bottom of the World] Reference
What happened to his partner was left to self-stimulation or total coincidence. From Wordnik.com. [A Traitor to Memory]
Consistent with this position, Wheat also condemns female “self-stimulation,” except as part of a learning process. From Wordnik.com. [Rapture Ready!] Reference
Children who are internationally adopted may have behavioral issues ranging from violent tantrums to sensory self-stimulation in times of either stress or excitement. From Wordnik.com. [Behavioral and Emotional Issues] Reference
~ Food Addiction Explored as a Possible Root of Obesity -- "While there's no specific diagnostic definition available, it seems obvious that certain individuals have a compulsive desire to eat that moves well beyond the point of sustenance and nutrition into self-stimulation and, in cruder terms, gluttony.". From Wordnik.com. [Speedlinking 7/10/07] Reference
For example, in the 1960's, the work of James Olds and his associates — implanting electrodes in the limbic system of the brain and so arranging it that the electric current could be turned on by the experimental animals, who turned out to give greater preference to this self-stimulation over the usual rewards — has seemed to some to strengthen the view of a pleasure center in the brain. From Wordnik.com. [HAPPINESS AND PLEASURE] Reference
Should parents talk to their children about self-stimulation?. From Wordnik.com. [Yahoo! Answers: Latest Questions] Reference
Onan: Death Valley, failed self-stimulation in a majestic landscape. From Wordnik.com. [GreenCine Daily] Reference
In fact, Berman says the conversation needs to include pleasure and self-stimulation. From Wordnik.com. [feminist blogs] Reference
Immediately Rowan's self-stimulation stopped, replaced by an unusual, even blissful calm. From Wordnik.com. [Horsetalk.co.nz Headlines] Reference
This is allowed because it does not come under "self-stimulation;" it is stimulation by a lawful partner. From Wordnik.com. [ProgressiveIslam.Org - Comments] Reference
Obama's economic rescue plan involves drastic increases in that all-time favorite of liberal pastimes, self-stimulation. From Wordnik.com. [NewsByUs] Reference
Robbie, watching from behind a one-way mirror, explains that some kids with blindness and autism tap their faces and mouths for self-stimulation. From Wordnik.com. [JournalStar.com - News Articles] Reference
Habitually brave and fearless though Livingstone was, it was not without frequent self-stimulation, and acts of faith in unseen truth, that the peace of his mind was maintained. From Wordnik.com. [The Personal Life of David Livingstone] Reference
The Masturbate-A-Thon, held in libertine San Francisco, encompasses a variety of events centred on self-stimulation, with both male and female participants enthusiastically attending. From Wordnik.com. [AnimeBlogger.net Antenna] Reference
They required more self-stimulation in a brain-stimulation task, painful shocks failed to keep them away from the food, and there was even a physiological mechanism (well, a partial mechanism). From Wordnik.com. [ScienceBlogs Channel : Life Science] Reference
Instead of playing with toys in imaginative or symbolic ways, such as pretending a doll is really their baby, they may perseverate or obsess over objects, use them for self-stimulation, and become entirely self-absorbed. From Wordnik.com. [The OBSERVER] Reference
While I agree that Engber’s correct in saying that fMRI is over-hypothalamuseed so to speak, and that talk of “centres” in the brain is just as ridiculous and simplistic now as it was thirty years ago — when I criticised ablation, stimulation, and self-stimulation studies that were isolating “centres” for various behaviours and feelings as being like modern-day phrenology — it has nothing to do with “obesity and addiction”. From Wordnik.com. [The Volokh Conspiracy » Hands Off My Fresca:] Reference
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