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TEMAS Multicultural Thematic Apperception Test
Glossaries - Psychology

projective test designed to be culturally relevant to minority groups, especially Hispanic youths, using images and storytelling that relate to minority culture

temperament
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innate traits that influence how one thinks, behaves, and reacts with the environment

temperament
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how a person reacts to the world, including their activity level, starting when they are very young

temporal lobe
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part of cerebral cortex associated with hearing, memory, emotion, and some aspects of language; contains primary auditory cortex

teratogen
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biological, chemical, or physical environmental agent that causes damage to the developing embryo or fetus

terminal button
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axon terminal containing synaptic vesicles

thalamus
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sensory relay for the brain

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
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projective test in which people are presented with ambiguous images, and they then make up stories to go with the images in an effort to uncover their unconscious, desires, fears, and struggles

theory
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well-developed set of ideas that propose an explanation for observed phenomena

theory of evolution by natural selection
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states that organisms that are better suited for their environments will survive and reproduce compared to those that are poorly suited for their environments

theta wave
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type of low frequency, high amplitude brain wave characteristic of stage 1 and stage 2 sleep

threshold of excitation
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level of charge in the membrane that causes the neuron to become active

thyroid
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secretes hormones that regulate growth, metabolism, and appetite

tolerance
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state of requiring increasing quantities of the drug to gain the desired effect

traits
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characteristic ways of behaving

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