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alloplastic

alloplastic  

Of or relating to adaptation (1) through alteration of the external environment. Compare autoplastic. [From Greek allos other + plastikos mouldable, from plassein to form + -ikos of, relating to, or ...
assimilation

assimilation  

1 Absorption or incorporation of information or of a substance, or more generally the act or process of making things similar or alike.2 In the writings of the Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget ...
auditory adaptation

auditory adaptation  

Transient loss of hearing sensitivity to tones of certain frequencies following prolonged exposure to an unchanging sound wave. When the sound that causes the effect is loud and the hearing loss is ...
autoplastic

autoplastic  

Of or relating to adaptation (1) through alteration of the self. Compare alloplastic. [From Greek autos self + plastikos mouldable, from plassein to form + -itikos resembling or marked by]
chromatic adaptation

chromatic adaptation  

1 A form of adaptation (2) resulting from continuous exposure to light of a particular colour or hue and consequent bleaching of the associated visual pigment, causing a gradual loss of saturation ...
cross-adaptation

cross-adaptation  

A temporary loss of sensitivity to a stimulus, especially an odour or a taste, following exposure to a different stimulus, as when exposure to sodium chloride (table salt) reduces sensitivity to ...
equilibration

equilibration  

The restoration or maintenance of a state of equilibrium. Occlusal equilibration is achieved by selective grinding to modify the occlusal surfaces of the teeth and achieve occlusal harmony during ...
evolutionary psychology

evolutionary psychology  

An approach to psychology influenced by sociobiology and ethology, based on the assumption that human cognition can best be understood in the context of evolution. The human brain is viewed as a ...
meme

meme  

A self-replicating cultural element or pattern of behaviour, analogous to a gene but passed from one individual to another by imitation rather than genetic transmission. Memes are subject to ...
perdeviation effect

perdeviation effect  

A form of adaptation (2) to an eccentric body posture held for some time, the sensation gradually developing that the posture is normal. See also Kohnstamm effect, postural aftereffect. [From Latin ...
prism adaptation

prism adaptation  

A form of adaptation (2) in which a person wearing wedge-shaped prism spectacles, resulting in displacement of the visual field usually about 10 degrees to one side, becomes accustomed to the ...
thermal adaptation

thermal adaptation  

A form of adaptation (2) whereby prolonged exposure to a stimulus that is warmer than physiological zero tends to cause it to feel less warm, and prolonged exposure to a stimulus that is colder than ...
transient tritanopia

transient tritanopia  

A temporary increase in the threshold for blue stimuli after a yellow adapting field is removed, relative to the threshold in the presence of the yellow adapting field. See also adaptation (2), ...
visual adaptation

visual adaptation  

A generic term for chromatic adaptation (1), dark adaptation, light adaptation, prism adaptation, transient tritanopia, or any other form of adaptation (2) affecting vision (1). See also field ...

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