PHOTOSHOP - Dodge and Burn tools, how to prevent the effect from building up?

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In Photoshop, is it possible to have the dodge and burn tools behave similar to ACR adjustment brushes, where the effect is only applied once even if I pass over the same area multiple times? The behavior I'm looking for is such that the effect is only applied once no matter how much I wiggle the cursor over an area. With default settings the effect builds up if I pass over an area more than once, even if I don't release the mouse button in between. I'm aware of the airbrush option and how it works, but I have that option toggled off, so that is not the issue.
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The tools in Photoshop and ACR are fundamentally different.

The tools in Photoshop are supposed to build up with multiple application so you can build up to the final effect you need.

The ACR tools are more like creating an adjustment layer and painting into the layer mask. Of course, you can do that in Photoshop as well, with more control.
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I know the effect is supposed to build up if I apply it multiple times, i.e. release mouse button and click again. But with the burn and dodge tools the effect builds up just by passing the cursor over a certain area again, even if I don't release the mouse button in between. I have the airbrush option toggled off, so that is not the issue.
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Yes, it should build up passing over the same area multiple times - just like a read dodging or burning operation in a darkroom.