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narcolepsy
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sleep disorder in which the sufferer cannot resist falling to sleep at inopportune times

natural concept
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mental groupings that are created “naturally” through your experiences

naturalistic observation
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observation of behavior in its natural setting

nature
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negative correlation
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two variables change in different directions, with one becoming larger as the other becomes smaller; a negative correlation is not the same thing as no correlation

negative punishment
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taking away a pleasant stimulus to decrease or stop a behavior

negative reinforcement
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taking away an undesirable stimulus to increase a behavior

neuron
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cells in the nervous system that act as interconnected information processors, which are essential for all of the tasks of the nervous system

neuron
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cells in the nervous system that act as interconnected information processors, which are essential for all of the tasks of the nervous system

neuroplasticity
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nervous system's ability to change

neurosis
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tendency to experience negative emotions

neurotransmitter
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neutral stimulus (NS)
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stimulus that does not initially elicit a response

newborn reflexes
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inborn automatic response to a particular form of stimulation that all healthy babies are born with

night terror
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sleep disorder in which the sleeper experiences a sense of panic and may scream or attempt to escape from the immediate environment

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