BABKIN REFLEX

refers to an innate neonatal reflex whereby infants open their mouths and twist their heads in response to pressure placed on their palms. [Boris...

BACONIAN METHOD

refers to the inductive method of investigation first used by English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626). The method infers general laws or principles from particular...

BALANCED DESIGN

refers to a type of experimental design whereby the number of observations or measurements obtained in each experimental condition is equal in some way....

BANDWAGON EFFECT

refers to the tendency of large numbers of individuals, in social and sometimes political situations, to align themselves or their opinions with the majority...

BARIATRICS

n. a specific branch of medicine that zeroes in on the causes of being obese or overweight. It also focuses on how obesity can...

BASAL DENDRITE

n. a dendrite (threadlike projection) which extends horizontally from the cytoplasm of an existing neuron. Specifically, these dendrites emerge from the base of pyramidal...

BASIC ANXIETY

n. in the study of ego, a feeling of being deeply insecure, helpless, and isolated. There is fear of being abandoned to the dangers...

BASIC-SKILLS TESTING

n. an assessment of fundamental skills appropriate to the task at hand. It examines an individual's ability to understand basic concepts and perform simple...

BATTLE INOCULATION

n. realistic training which inoculates soldiers on the stresses of combat and other war-time operations. In the process, they learn on how to...

BECK DEPRESSION INVENTORY (BDI)

n.a measure of depression in individuals aged 13 years and above. Administered by a clinician, the test consists of 21 items, all related to...

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