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KANIZSA FIGURE

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A common example is the Kanizsa triangle which is induced by three black circles placed in the apexes of a triangle. Each circle has a 60 degree wedge removed so that these wedges become the angles of the illusory triangle

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KANSAS V HENDRICKS

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The court ruled that laws permitting confinement of sex offenders in mental hospitals after they serve their criminal sentences are not unconstitutional if the offender remains a threat

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KANTIANISM

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It is a phenomena that can represent all that humans can know about essentially un-knowable realities and that these phenomena result from the application of certain intrinsic categories of thought to the material of sense experience

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KAPPA

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See cohen's kappa; weighted kappa, it is an index of interrater agreement corrected for chance association

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KAPPA EFFECT

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the interaction between the perceived duration of a stimulus and the spatial extent of the stimulus. When a small visual stimulus and a large visual stimulus are both flashed for the same length of time, the duration of the large stimulus is perceived as longer than that of the small stimulus.

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KAPPA WAVE

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It is a type of brain wave with a frequency similar to that of an alpha wave 10Hz but the amplitude is much weaker and the kappa waves normally occur while a person is reading, thinking or dreaming

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KARMA

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In Buddhism the universal law of cause and effect. The effect of an action, which can be of the body, mind, speech and is not primarily determined by the act itself but by the intention of the actor. It is the sum of all consequences of the actions of a person

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KARYOTYPE

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It is a photograph of an individuals chromosomes which shows them in an ordered numbered array. It is the chromosomal constitution of a cell, including the number of chromosomes, their structural features and any abnormalities

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KATASCXUALITY

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a sexual preference for dead people or human beings with animal like characteristics . See necrophilia.

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KATZ INDEX OF ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING

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Baseline measurements provide useful feedback when compared to periodic or subsequent measurements. It is when an individual is rated regarding the degree of assistance required to perform six basic functions

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