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Glossaries - Psychology

phase of the sexual response cycle following orgasm during which the body returns to its unaroused state

resting potential
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the state of readiness of a neuron membrane’s potential between signals

restless leg syndrome
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sleep disorder in which the sufferer has uncomfortable sensations in the legs when trying to fall asleep that are relieved by moving the legs

reticular formation
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midbrain structure important in regulating the sleep/wake cycle, arousal, alertness, and motor activity

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act of getting information out of long-term memory storage and back into conscious awareness

retroactive interference
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information learned more recently hinders the recall of older information

retrograde amnesia
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loss of memory for events that occurred prior to brain trauma

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neurotransmitter is pumped back into the neuron that released it

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principle that objects can be changed, but then returned back to their original form or condition

role schema
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set of expectations that define the behaviors of a person occupying a particular role

Rorschach Inkblot Test
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projective test that employs a series of symmetrical inkblot cards that are presented to a client by a psychologist in an effort to reveal the person’s unconscious desires, fears, and struggles

rotating shift work
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work schedule that changes from early to late on a daily or weekly basis

Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank (RISB)
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projective test that is similar to a word association test in which a person completes sentences in order to reveal their unconscious desires, fears, and struggles