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Nugent, Pam M.S.

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Pam holds a masters in Child Psychology and is an avid supporter of Psychology academics.

SZONDI TEST

A projective test in which the subject examines a set of photographs of people with different types of mental disorder and chooses those he...

SYNESTHESIA (literally, “feeling to- gether”)

An experience in which two senses respond when only one is stimulated; also called crossed perception.About 5 to 10 per cent of the general...

SYMPATHISM

The defense mechanism of seeking emotional support through arousing sympathy. “Sympathy seeking” is more commonly used than sympathism.The individual dwells endlessly on his misfortunes...

SUPPORTIVE THERAPY

A general form of psychological treatment aimed at reinforcing existing defenses and alleviating distress through techniques that operate on a conscious level. It consists...

SULLIVAN, HARRY STACK (1892- 1949)

Sullivan is chiefly noted for his “interpersonal theory,” an approach to personality and psychotherapy based on the crucial importance of interactions with other people.Sullivan...

SUBJECTIVE TONES

Auditory sensations or hallucinations in which certain notes or melodies are heard in the absence of external stimulation.A common type of subjective tone is...

SUBITIZING

. Perceiving at a glance how many objects are presented without estimating or counting.It takes considerable time for children to learn to count. Ordinarily...

STIMULUS-STIMULUS ASSOCIATION (S-S Association, Sensory-Sensory Association)

A learned association between two stimuli.S-S associations are commonly formed when we learn to use one stimulus as a cue to another. For example,...

STIMULUS (literally “goad”)

In general terms, any event that initiates behavior; or more specifically, any energy change that activates a sense organ.The idea of energy change needs...

STARTLE REACTION (Startle Pattern)

An extremely rapid response to a sudden, unexpected stimulus, such as a pistol shot or a face looming up in the darkness.Analysis of the...

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