B WAVE OF ELECTRORETINOGRAM

refers to a large, positive electrical wave pattern that is recorded by the eye when the retina is stimulated by light. The electrical response...

BACKWARD ELIMINATION

refers to a form of stepwise regression in which the least important variables are systematically removed from the prediction equation. Eventually, a preset criterion...

BALANCE THEORY

refers to the theory that people tend to prefer elements held in thoughts to be congruent with their behaviors (i.e., balanced). Balanced systems are...

BALTIMORE LONGITUDINAL STUDY OF AGING (BLSA)

refers to the intramural scientific study of aging conducted by the National Institute on Aging. It is estimated that over 1,200 individuals are tested...

BARESTHESIA

n. in relation to sensitivity, the ability to sense weight or pressure. Greek in origin, it is derived from baros meaning pressure and aesthesia...

BARTLETT'S TEST

n. in statistics, a test for the equality of variance. Based on independent normal samples from populations, the null hypothesis is tested as to...

BASE-RATE FALLACY

n. an error in prediction and decision-making which occurs when base rate is ignored as a prior probability. As such, the factor of base...

BASIC SKILLS

n. a back-to-the-basics approach to education wherein emphasis is given to reading, writing, and arithmetic. Proficiency in these skills leads to academicc achievement. Compare...

BATTERED-CHILD SYNDROME

n. a combination of physical injuries and post traumatic conditions in a child as a result of repeated, intentional physical &/or sexual abuse. Instigated...

BEATING FANTASY

n. fantasy of a male or female child in which he or she is being beaten by a parent, either the father or the...

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