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Subject: Religion

In ecclesiastical usage, the recognition by the State of a particular Church as that of the State. In OT Judaism and in much of the ancient world, religious observance was part of the ...

secondary identification

secondary identification  

In psychoanalysis, identification (2) occurring after the establishment of an object-relationship. See under primary identification.
genital stage

genital stage  

In psychoanalysis, the final libidinal stage of psychosexual development coming after the oral stage, anal stage, phallic stage, and latency period. The genital stage is characterized by a focus of ...
psychophysics

psychophysics  

The oldest branch of experimental psychology, concerned with the relationship between the psychological magnitude of sensations and the physical intensity (broadly interpreted to include any ...
secondary identification

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...identification n . In psychoanalysis , identification ( 2 ) occurring after the establishment of an object-relationship . See primary identification...

counselling

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...advice-giving, but the dominant ethos is one of providing facilitation without directive guidance. Counselling psychologists work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings, including counselling agencies, general practitioners’ surgeries, educational establishments, business organizations, and private practice. US counseling . See assertiveness training , client-centred therapy , co-counselling , disaster counselling , educational psychology , genetic counselling , Gestalt therapy , marriage counselling , offender...

political correctness

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...to him as African American. See also ableism , fattism , herstory , heterosexism . politically correct adj . PC abbrev . [Coined by the US journalist Elinor Langer (born 1939 ) in the New York Times in 1984 , alluding to social conventions in the liberal establishment...

genital stage

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...where he suggested that its roots lie in childhood: ‘The only difference lies in the fact that in childhood the combination of the component instincts and their subordination under the primacy of the genitals have been effected only very incompletely or not at all. Thus the establishment of that primacy in the service of reproduction is the last phase through which the organization of sexuality passes’ ( Standard Edition , VII, pp. 130–243, at p. 199). Also called the genital phase . See also genital character , genital love , pregenital...

psychophysics

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...them. It is concerned partly with the determination of absolute thresholds and difference thresholds , using variations of three classical methods called the method of constant stimuli , the method of limits , and the method of average error , and partly with the establishment of psychophysical functions and psychophysical scales . Among its greatest achievements are Weber’s law , Fechner's law , and the power law , and one of its most important modern forms is signal detection theory. See also absolute error , ABX paradigm , catch...

doubting

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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349 words

...is open to doubt; and, finally, there may be a malicious all-powerful demon who is bent on deceiving us, and so ‘the earth, sky, and all external things’ may be merely delusions. Cartesian doubt is not, however, an end in itself, but it is designed to clear the way for the establishment of a secure system of knowledge built on indubitable foundations. The questioning of accepted beliefs and preconceived opinions can be a valuable exercise both in philosophy and in science generally ( see common sense ). It seems, however, that to insist on indubitability as...

psychology

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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...the mind. Many textbooks define psychology simply as the study of behaviour, or the science of behaviour, but that too is to exclude much of psychology: the study of cognition , for example, is concerned with behaviour only indirectly, as evidence of mental processes. The establishment of psychology as an independent discipline, separate from the disciplines of philosophy and biology from which it emerged, is attributable to the German psychologist Wilhelm (Max) Wundt ( 1832–1920 ), who stated in the opening sentence of his book Principles of...

neurolinguistics

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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490 words

..., Jakobson 1956 ), the term neurolinguistics and more systematic application of linguistic ideas have only become widespread since 1970 . In 1969 , the neurologist Henri Hécaen and the linguist Armand Dubois declared the object of neurolinguistics to be, first, the establishment of ‘a purely linguistic typology’ of neurologically caused verbal disorders, and, second, the achievement of an experimentally verifiable correlation of lesion sites with the linguistic types. In practice, however, it has proved difficult to use solely linguistic criteria of...

Walter, William Grey

Walter, William Grey (1910–76)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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594 words

...work on evoked potentials for the rest of that decade was tragically halted in 1970 by a severe head injury from which he never fully recovered. Grey Walter was a pioneer and an intellectual leader of world renown, but he was never fully accepted by the British scientific establishment. He wrote some 200 research papers and a uniquely stimulating book, The Living Brain ( 1953 ), which attracted many students to follow in his footsteps. (Published 1987) Ray...

mesmerism

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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...a few grateful patients. Indeed his colourful personality and robust self-confidence created a distinct stir, first in court circles in imperial Vienna and later in the fashionable salons of pre-revolutionary Paris. Inevitably, perhaps, he incurred the odium of the medical establishment, and the French government was eventually led to appoint a royal commission to conduct an enquiry into animal magnetism under the chairmanship of Benjamin Franklin . Among its members were Lavoisier , the famous chemist, and Guillotin , who gave his name to the instrument...

catecholamines

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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...appropriate to these states. It is of interest that drugs which appear to have clinical activity in alleviating depressive illness are able to act by altering the availability of noradrenaline at the receptor level. Noradrenaline fibres may also have a role to play in the establishment and selection of normal synaptic connections during development and in the recovery of function after damage to the nervous system. The third main group of catecholamine neurons of the brain are those utilizing dopamine as transmitter. These neurons have been the subject of...

Sufism

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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993 words

...came into being much later than teachers and schools, and they clearly resemble traditional orders in, for example, Christianity. The orders are therefore regarded as secondary, and few, if any, of their putative founders, famous Sufi masters, were really connected with their establishment. Their practices are mostly of a devotional autohypnotic nature, and produce conditioned states which are much at variance with essential Sufi theory relating to the need for individual and specificzteaching. Most groups which employ the name Sufi in the Middle and Far East...

Wundt, Wilhelm Max

Wundt, Wilhelm Max (1832–1920)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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858 words

...reductionist nor a dualist and that he believed that the field of application of experiment in psychology was distinctly limited. Wundt's autobiography, Erlebtes und Erkanntes ( 1920 ), gives a straightforward account of his life and career and describes in some detail the establishment of his Institute for Experimental Psychology. This narrative outlines in a most interesting way Wundt's relations with a number of his contemporaries, not least E. H. Weber and G. T. Fechner , both of whom resided in Leipzig and both of whom he came to know well, despite...

psychology and the study of consciousness

psychology and the study of consciousness   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Consciousness

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2010
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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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3,641 words

...of classical introspection—and a common basis for methodological critiques of modern claims for unconscious perception or learning. Furthermore, on evidence that attention to content is required for establishment of its memory, content of pre‐attentive literal awareness may fail to be reported because it lacks the attentional conditions for establishment of its memory. Given these assessment validity conditions, it has been more difficult to establish the absence of a conscious state than reliable, and even strong, relations of strength of the state to...

cruelty

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
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Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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2,233 words

...stopped short of frank killing. Violently inflicted cruelty is the coinage of smash-hit novels, films, and TV series. The torture of animals for entertainment, a popular public spectacle until the establishment of humane societies in Europe and the United States in the late 19th century, continues clandestinely. The willingness of military establishments to develop technologies of cruelty as instruments of war flourishes globally, while the coercive forces of the state (and its opponents) use confessional and disciplinary cruelty for political ends. 4....

plasticity in the nervous system

plasticity in the nervous system   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
Subject:
Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
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2,654 words
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...by the part of the retina that has been removed (Attardi and Sperry 1963 ). A similar phenomenon of the precise re-establishment of connections is demonstrated when half the tectum is removed ( Gaze and Sharma 1970 ). In this case, it is again only fibres from the appropriate half of the retina that are found to have re-established connections (Fig. 3). This shows, therefore, that the factors controlling the initial re-establishment of the nerve connections are acting in a quite unplastic way; no change results other than that directly attributable to...

parapsychology: a history of research

parapsychology: a history of research   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to the Mind (2 ed.)

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2006
Subject:
Science and technology, Psychology, Philosophy
Length:
1,536 words

...early results in fact yielded just such sustained ‘above-chance’ scores and he swiftly claimed that he had established ESP as a legitimate phenomenon, or set of phenomena. As might be expected, however, his claims were met with considerable opposition from the psychological establishment. Were his subjects physically completely isolated from the experimenter so that information could not be passed over unwittingly—for example, by unconscious whispering or other non-deliberate cues? Were checks on the data and records precise enough to ensure that minor errors...

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