Psychology Word of the Day

BERSERK

November 5, 2011

adj. the condition of someone or something which has gone overboard into violent and destructive behavior. It is a state of losing control mentally and emotionally. Derived from the word berserker whi

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ISOTONIC CONTROL

November 5, 2011

A controlling gadget, such as a button or switch, that is activated by displacement of the control from a neutral point.

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AUDITORY CONSONANT TRIGRAM (ACT)

November 5, 2011

a memory test in which a three-letter nonsense syllable, such as DCT, is presented verbally and the participant is asked to recall the sequence following time delays of varying lengths (e.g., 19, 38,

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ENDORPHINS

November 5, 2011

A class of neuropeptides found in the pituitary gland that function as endogenous opoids.

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MICROTUBULC

November 5, 2011

is typically 20 - 26 nm in diameter, cylindrical and hollow in shape which appear in a wide variety of cell types. Microtubules essential act as a scaffold in most cells, providing structural support.

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CONTINUOUS REINFORCEMENT (CRF)

November 5, 2011

in operant and instrumental conditioning, the strengthener of each reaction.

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POLYGENIC TRAIT

November 5, 2011

a trait which is identified by a multitude of genes instead of only one.

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NEGLIGENCE

November 5, 2011

in the context of a job or goal, is the action of failing to comply or complete a goal or job to the required standard or what is reasonable to expect. If a surgeon was to remove the wrong finger (in

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STIMULUS SET

November 5, 2011

used in reaction-time experiments, the expectancy or readiness associated with concentration on the stimulus. Compare response set.

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ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION (AI)

November 5, 2011

the use of medical or surgical techniques to achieve conception by introducing sperm into the female reproductive system by artificial means. In humans, this is done by introducing sperm from the dono

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