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manifest content
Glossaries - Psychology

storyline of events that occur during a dream, per Sigmund Freud’s view of the function of dreams

meditation
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clearing the mind in order to achieve a state of relaxed awareness and focus

medulla
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hindbrain structure that controls automated processes like breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate

melatonin
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hormone secreted by the endocrine gland that serves as an important regulator of the sleepwake cycle

membrane potential
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difference in charge across the neuronal membrane

memory
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set of processes used to encode, store, and retrieve information over different periods of time

menarche
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beginning of menstrual period; around 12–13 years old

mental set
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continually using an old solution to a problem without results

meta-analysis
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study that combines the results of several related studies

metabolic rate
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amount of energy that is expended in a given period of time

methadone
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synthetic opioid that is less euphorogenic than heroin and similar drugs; used to manage

methadone clinic
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uses methadone to treat withdrawal symptoms in opiate users

methamphetamine
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type of amphetamine that can be made from pseudoephedrine, an over-the-counter drug; widely manufactured and abused

midbrain
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division of the brain located between the forebrain and the hindbrain; contains the reticular formation

Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)
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personality test composed of a series of true/ false questions in order to establish a clinical profile of an individual

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