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A variable that describes the effectiveness of therapists with schizophrenic or neurotic patients. "A therapists" work best with schizophrenics and "b" work best wtih neurotics
possessing the necessary skills to perform a specific act at the present time.
Ability Tests
Subdivided into tests of aptitude and achievement, ability tests are designed to measure individual differences in knowledge and skills to determine what a person can do.
Removal of a body part for the purpose of studying it.
Abnormal behavior
behavior which creates a problem for the individual and/or for society. Abnormal behavior is often maladaptive to the individual's functioning in society.
spontaneous or induced expulsion of the fetus usually prior to the twentieth week of pregnancy.
Term used by Breuer and Freud to describe a patient's, sometimes violent, expression of a repressed emotion during hypnosis. this release of strangulated effect is synonymous with catharsis.
The x-axis, or horizontal axis of a graph. The independent variable is plotted on the abcissa.
Absolute refractory period
A brief period toward the end of neural stimulation during which the nerve can not be restimulated.
Absolute threshold
The lowest level of intensity of a stimulus at which its presence or absence can be correctly detected 50 percent of the time
Abstract intelligence
the ability to deal effectively with ideas expressed in symbols such as words, numbers, pictures or diagrams.
In vision, the changes of lense shape or curvature that produce sharpened retinal images of objects at varying distance from th eye.
In piaget's system, the adaptive modification of the child's cognitive structures in order to deal with new objects or experiences
The learning of behaivors and attitudes one is expected to adopt as a member of a particular culture.
An acid that acts as an excitatory substance to facilitate neural transmission at many synapses adn neuromuscular junctions.