FOSTER-CHILD FANTASY

the name that is given to the childhood belief or fantasy that their parents are actually adoptive or foster parents. See family romance.

FUNCTIONAL INDEPENDENCE MEASURE (FIM)

a measure used in the rehabilitation of routine motor, cognitive and self-care skills to provide a person a measure of functional status. Deals with...

FUNCTIONAL AUTONOMY

the tendency for drive motivated behavior to develop derivative drives, such that behavior may become independent of the original drive. Studying motivated for approval...

FREGOLI'S PHENOMENON

the term for a syndrome where a person will identify different people as the persecutor as he thinks they can change faces. Named for...

FREE-FLOATING EMOTION

the term for a diffuse and generalized emotional state that does not appear to be associated with any specific cause. A common example is...

FOCAL MOTOR SEIZURE

the name of a simple partial seizure that results in motor abnormalities and is due to localised seizure activity in brain areas important for...

FORESHORTENING

an optical illusion we see that a line will appear to be shorter when viewed lengthwise.

FIGURATIVE KNOWLEDGE

the knowledge we acquire by remembering specific features, facts, words, recall dates, impressions, shapes and colours. Compare operative knowledge.

FOCUS GROUP

group of about 12 people with common characteristics who have been selected to discuss a topic. A leader starts the discussion and keeps it...

FETAL STAGE

the final stage of human prenatal development, from the 8th or 9th week after fertilisation to the time of birth. It is preceded by...

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