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pancreas
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secretes hormones that regulate blood sugar

parasympathetic nervous system
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associated with routine, day-to-day operations of the body

parietal lobe
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part of the cerebral cortex involved in processing various sensory and perceptual information; contains the primary somatosensory cortex

parinsomnia
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one of a group of sleep disorders characterized by unwanted, disruptive motor activity and/or experiences during sleep

partial reinforcement
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rewarding behavior only some of the time

participants
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subjects of psychological research

peer-reviewed journal article
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article read by several other scientists (usually anonymously) with expertise in the subject matter, who provide feedback regarding the quality of the manuscript before it is accepted for publication

peripheral nervous system (PNS)
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connects the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, organs and senses in the periphery of the body

permissive parenting style
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parents make few demands and rarely use punishment

personality
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long-standing traits and patterns that propel individuals to consistently think, feel, and behave in specific ways

personality psychology
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study of patterns of thoughts and behaviors that make each individual unique

personality trait
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consistent pattern of thought and behavior

phallic stage
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psychosexual stage in which the focus is on the genitals

PhD
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(doctor of philosophy) doctoral degree conferred in many disciplinary perspectives housed in a traditional college of liberal arts and sciences

phenotype
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individual’s inheritable physical characteristics

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