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A-B DESIGN

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a setup for experiments requiring the measurement of the dependent variable prior to onset of the experiment and again after it.

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ABILITY

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noun. Level of aptitude one is either born with or is trained to perform

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ABILITY LEVEL

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the recorded level of accomplishment an individual reaches

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ABNORMAL

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adjective. 1. all things atypical, unordinary, or considered outside of the norm. 2. in regards to statistics, any data studied that is beyond or beneath the scope of what is normal or predicted.

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ABNORMALITY

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1. in a position that is not normal. 2. disfigurement or imperfections in building or operations.

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ABSENT-MINDEDNESS

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a position of unawareness when a person's thought processes are overwhelming enough to distract them from their surrounding environment.

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ABSORPTION

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noun. 1. disregard for other beings, things, or concepts due to overwhelming interest in one specific being, thing or concept. 2. the process of drawing liquid and other absorbed matter into a cell via the plasma membrane. 3. in regards to physics, the change from one type of energy to another.

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ABSTRACT ATTITUDE

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a mental state in which a person employs their capacity to be aware of all elements of a situation or environment, grouping them together, but allowing their separate identities to exist enough that they may turn their attention to and from different elements without losing focus of the others

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ABSTRACTION

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noun. 1. the development of thoughts or notions deriving from specific events. 2. ideas that cannot be discerned from a physical presence or physically touched. 3. in regards to conditioning, exemplifying something due to one facet of it's being- adjective form- abstract

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ABUSE POTENTIAL

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the ability a drug retains to keep someone dependent on it. Such ability is often directly correlated with how the drug is given and how quickly it enter one's bloodstream and nervous system in order to produce a high sensation. Thus, drugs that enter the system more quickly through expedited methods such as an IV will be more likely to be habit-forming than those at a slower rate, such as oral ingestion.

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