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bariatric surgery
Glossaries - Psychology

type of surgery that modifies the gastrointestinal system to reduce the amount of food that can be eaten and/or limiting how much of the digested food can be absorbed

basolateral complex
Glossaries - Psychology

part of the brain with dense connections with a variety of sensory areas of the brain; it is critical for classical conditioning and attaching emotional value to memory

behaviorism
Glossaries - Psychology

focus on observing and controlling behavior

bias
Glossaries - Psychology

how feelings and view of the world distort memory of past events

binge eating disorder
Glossaries - Psychology

type of eating disorder characterized by binge eating and associated distress

biological perspective
Glossaries - Psychology

view that psychological disorders like depression and schizophrenia are associated with imbalances in one or more neurotransmitter systems

biological rhythm
Glossaries - Psychology

internal cycle of biological activity

biopsychology
Glossaries - Psychology

study of how biology influences behavior

biopsychosocial model
Glossaries - Psychology

perspective that asserts that biology, psychology, and social factors interact to determine an individual’s health

bisexual
Glossaries - Psychology

emotional and erotic attractions to both same-sexed individuals and opposite-sexed individuals

bisexual
Glossaries - Psychology

emotional expression through body position or movement

blocking
Glossaries - Psychology

memory error in which you cannot access stored information

body language
Glossaries - Psychology

emotional expression through body position or movement

Broca’s area
Glossaries - Psychology

region in the left hemisphere that is essential for language production

bulimia nervosa
Glossaries - Psychology

type of eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by purging

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