RAPE

A sexual deviation in which sexual relations are forced upon another person.Forceable rape is distinguished from statutory rape, which consists of sexual relations outside...

REFERENTIAL SIGNAL

Indications provided by an animal which appear to supply information regarding certain environmental events and objects.

REFLEX INTEGRATION

Combination of two or more reflexes into an integrated, more complex whole.

REFUTATION

Logical or philosophical method of proving that a specific theory or statement is invalid.

REGRESSIVE ELECTROSHOCK THERAPY

No longer practiced, an electroconvulsive therapy which was performed multiple times per day on schizophrenic subjects after other treatments were deemed to have failed...

REICHIAN ANALYSIS

System of thought championed by Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) in which orgastic potency was the main benchmark of mental health; very controversial and since discredited,...

REITAN INDIANA APHASIA SCREENING TEST

A component of the Halsted-Reitan Neuropshychological Battery, a 32-item exam which evaluates language usage, constructional praxis, calculation, and the right-left orientation of the brain.

RELATIONAL PRIMACY HYPOTHESIS

Hypothesis stating that analytical thinking is attainable during early infancy and that even young infants can comprehend or solve problems in events by comparing...

RELAXATION

State of being relaxed. Refreshment of mind and body. Reduction in intensity of tension or vigor. Musculature returning to an inactive state after contraction.

RELIABILITY OF COMPOSITES

Reliability of the various components of a test or measurement device. See also: composite reliability.

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