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facial feedback hypothesis
Glossaries - Psychology

facial expressions are capable of influencing our emotions

fact
Glossaries - Psychology

objective and verifiable observation, established using evidence collected through empirical research

false memory syndrome
Glossaries - Psychology

recall of false autobiographical memories

falsifiable
Glossaries - Psychology

able to be disproven by experimental results

fight or flight response
Glossaries - Psychology

activation of the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system, allowing access to energy reserves and heightened sensory capacity so that we might fight off a given threat or run away to safety

Five Factor Model
Glossaries - Psychology

theory that personality is composed of five factors, including openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism

fixed interval reinforcement schedule
Glossaries - Psychology

behavior is rewarded after a set amount of time

fixed ratio reinforcement schedule
Glossaries - Psychology

set number of responses must occur before a behavior is rewarded

flashbulb memory
Glossaries - Psychology

exceptionally clear recollection of an important event

flashbulb memory
Glossaries - Psychology

exceptionally clear recollection of an important event

fluid intelligence
Glossaries - Psychology

ability to see complex relationships and solve problems

Flynn effect
Glossaries - Psychology

observation that each generation has a significantly higher IQ than the previous generation

forebrain
Glossaries - Psychology

largest part of the brain, containing the cerebral cortex, the thalamus, and the limbic system, among other structures

forensic psychology
Glossaries - Psychology

area of psychology that applies the science and practice of psychology to issues within and related to the justice system

forgetting
Glossaries - Psychology

loss of information from long-term memory

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