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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 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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ABSOLUTE THRESHOLD

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the smallest quantity of prodding or provocation needed to invoke a response from something.

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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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ACCESSIBILITY

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noun. Open, receptive, approachable

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ACCESSIBILITY OF AN ATTITUDE

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the probability of a specific attitude being evoked from recollection upon confronting the attitude object.

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ACCURACY

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noun. 1. with regard to an activity, a performance appraisal, typically centered around the balance of accurate answers. 2. much more, basically, the level to which answers or alternatively remarks tend to be accurate. 3. accuracy and sometimes lack of errors.

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