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effortful processing
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encoding of information that takes effort and attention

ego
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aspect of personality that represents the self, or the part of one’s personality that is visible to others

egocentrism
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preoperational child’s difficulty in taking the perspective of others

elaborative rehearsal
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thinking about the meaning of new information and its relation to knowledge already stored in your memory

electroencephalography (EEG)
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recording the electrical activity of the brain via electrodes on the scalp

embryo
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multi-cellular organism in its early stages of development

emerging adulthood
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newly defined period of lifespan development from 18 years old to the mid-20s;
young people are taking longer to complete college, get a job, get married, and start a family

emotion
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subjective state of being often described as feelings

emotional intelligence
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ability to understand emotions and motivations in yourself and others

empirical
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grounded in objective, tangible evidence that can be observed time and time again, regardless of who is observing

empirical method
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method for acquiring knowledge based on observation, including experimentation, rather than a method based only on forms of logical argument or previous authorities

encoding
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input of information into the memory system

endocrine system
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series of glands that produce chemical substances known as hormones

engram
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physical trace of memory

epigenetics
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study of gene-environment interactions, such as how the same genotype leads to different phenotypes

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