DECISION RULE

Hypothesis testing. The formal statement of a set of values of a test statistic that leads to a rejection of the null hypothesis.

DECONDITIONING

Behaviour therapy. Where a learned response such as phobia is unlearned. See desensitisation.

DEEP PROCESSING

The cognitive processing of a stimulus for its meaningful properties over its perceptual properties. See levels of processing model of memory- conceptually driven process,...

DEFENSE REFLEX

The sudden response from painful or unexpected stimuli. Also called defence response.

DEFORMITY

The distortion or malformation of a part of the body. See disfigurement.

DEIFICATION

The elevation of a person to the position of a God or the extreme adulation of a person with godlike status.

DELAYED EFFECT

An effect that is not seen until some time after the event. See causal latency- remote cause.

DELIRIANT

A substance that will bring about a state or delirium.

DELUSION OF POVERTY

The belief that a person has when they think they will soon be destitute.

DEMENTIA RATING SCALE

Used to measure the cognitive status of an adult. Comprises of 36 tasks if varying difficulty. Evaluates performance on subscales, attention, initiation-preservation, construction, conceptualisation...

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