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language
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communication system that involves using words to transmit information from one individual to another

latency period
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psychosexual stage in which sexual feelings are dormant

latent content
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hidden meaning of a dream, per Sigmund Freud’s view of the function of dreams

latent learning
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learning that occurs, but it may not be evident until there is a reason to demonstrate it

lateralization
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concept that each hemisphere of the brain is associated with specialized functions

law of effect
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behavior that is followed by consequences satisfying to the organism will be repeated and behaviors that are followed by unpleasant consequences will be discouraged

learning
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change in behavior or knowledge that is the result of experience

leptin
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satiety hormone

levels of processing
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information that is thought of more deeply becomes more meaningful and thus better committed to memory

lexicon
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the words of a given language

limbic system
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collection of structures involved in processing emotion and memory

living will
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a written legal document that details specific interventions a person wants; may include health care proxy

locus of control
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beliefs about the power we have over our lives; an external locus of control is the belief that our outcomes are outside of our control; an internal locus of control is the belief that we control our own outcomes

long-term memory (LTM)
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continuous storage of information

longitudinal fissure
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deep groove in the brain’s cortex

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