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closed-loop control

closed-loop control  

In cybernetics, a control process in which a system's output is returned to its input as feedback, this being characteristic of controlled processing and all homeostatic processes. Compare open-loop ...
glucostatic theory

glucostatic theory  

A homeostatic theory of hunger, according to which the brain monitors the difference between the levels of glucose in the arteries and veins as an index of the rate of glucose removal from the blood. ...
lipostatic theory

lipostatic theory  

A homeostatic theory of hunger according to which the brain monitors the level in the blood of free fatty acids that result from the metabolism of fat. A low level indicates that fat has not recently ...
principle of constancy

principle of constancy  

In psychoanalysis, the proposition that the quantity of psychic energy within the mental apparatus remains constant, regulation being achieved through discharge of excess energy in abreaction and ...
set point

set point  

A natural state to which a dynamically stable system tends to return if perturbed, such as normal body temperature of 37°C, or the weight to which a person's body tends to revert after loss or gain ...
Walter Bradford Cannon

Walter Bradford Cannon  

(1871–1945) American physiologistCannon, who was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, graduated from Harvard in 1896 and was professor of physiology there from 1906 to 1942. His early work included ...

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