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A PRIORI TEST

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the testing of an experiment's hypotheses prior to the actual performance of said experiment.

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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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A-BETA FIBER

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transmitters that quickly convey data from skin-based receptors to the central nervous system- myleinated fibers, largest in size of all peripheral nerve fibers.

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ABC THEORY

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a theory based on the RET approach developed in 1955 by Albert Ellis, proposing that Activating events are not the cause of Consequences, but rather that a person's Beliefs are, hence the ABC terminology

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ABDUCTION

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noun. 1. mobility of a specific body part or limb apart from the bodily figure. 2. the action of carrying away or seizing someone with use of physical power. Additional forms- abduct, a verb sense of the word- abductive inference- also known as abductive reasoning, seeks to prove a reasonable hypothesis that is based on reliable data.

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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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ABILITY TEST

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1. a formatted or patterned way of examining mass groups of like individuals to determine the average intelligence and ability of each. 2. an examination that documents how successful one is, generally on a regular basis.

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ABLATION

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noun. The process of removing tissue from within the body for purposes of treating an illness or ailment, or to further discern medical problems not yet understood. For instance, many women who suffer from painful or lengthy menses undergo uterine ablation, a process which removes the lining of the uterus,

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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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