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habit
Glossaries - Psychology

pattern of behavior in which we regularly engage

hallucinogen
Glossaries - Psychology

one of a class of drugs that results in profound alterations in sensory and perceptual experiences, often with vivid hallucinations

health care proxy
Glossaries - Psychology

a legal document that appoints a specific person to make medical decisions for a patient if he or she is unable to speak for him/herself

hemisphere
Glossaries - Psychology

left or right half of the brain

heritability
Glossaries - Psychology

proportion of difference among people that is attributed to genetics

heterosexual
Glossaries - Psychology

emotional and erotic attractions to opposite-sexed individuals

heterozygous
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consisting of two different alleles

heuristic
Glossaries - Psychology

mental shortcut that saves time when solving a problem

hierarchy of needs
Glossaries - Psychology

spectrum of needs ranging from basic biological needs to social needs to selfactualization

hierarchy of needs
Glossaries - Psychology

spectrum of needs ranging from basic biological needs to social needs to selfactualization

higher-order conditioning
Glossaries - Psychology

(also, second-order conditioning) using a conditioned stimulus to condition a neutral stimulus

hindbrain
Glossaries - Psychology

division of the brain containing the medulla, pons, and cerebellum

hindsight bias
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belief that the event just experienced was predictable, even though it really wasn’t

hippocampus
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structure in the temporal lobe associated with learning and memory

homeostasis
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state of equilibrium—biological conditions, such as body temperature, are maintained at optimal levels

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