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debriefing
Glossaries - Psychology

when an experiment involved deception, participants are told complete and truthful information about the experiment at its conclusion

deception
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purposely misleading experiment participants in order to maintain the integrity of the experiment

declarative memory
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type of long-term memory of facts and events we personally experience

deductive reasoning
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results are predicted based on a general premise

defense mechanism
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unconscious protective behaviors designed to reduce ego anxiety

delta wave
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type of low frequency, high amplitude brain wave characteristic of stage 3 and stage 4 sleep

delta wave
Glossaries - Psychology

type of low frequency, high amplitude brain wave characteristic of stage 3 and stage 4 sleep

dendrite
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branch-like extension of the soma that receives incoming signals from other neurons

deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
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helix-shaped molecule made of nucleotide base pairs

dependent variable
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variable that the researcher measures to see how much effect the independent variable had e

depressant
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drug that tends to suppress central nervous system activity

developmental milestone
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approximate ages at which children reach specific normative events

developmental psychology
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scientific study of development across a lifespan

diabetes
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disease related to insufficient insulin production

discontinuous development
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view that development takes place in unique stages, which happen at specific times or ages

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