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adaptive
a behavior or trait that helps an organism adjust and function well within a changing environment; increases chances of survival

anecdotal
consisting of or based on secondhand accounts rather than firsthand knowledge or scientific investigation
assess
to examine something in order to judge or evaluate it; to calculate value based on various factors
attribute (n)
a quality or characteristic
attribute (vt)
to think of something as caused by a particular circumstance
causal
involving, implying, or constituting a cause; (NOT casual!)
clinical
based on or involving medical treatment, practice, observation, or diagnosis
cognitive
relating to the process of acquiring knowledge by the use of reasoning, intuition,
perception, memory, understanding, thought processes, and language
conscience
an individual’s sense of right and wrong; in psychoanalysis, the superego
conscious
awake and responsive to stimuli; aware of something and attaching importance to it
dispositional
based on an individual’s inclination or tendency to act in a particular way
dissociate
to separate a group of mental processes from the rest of the mind, causing them to
lose their normal relationship with it
eclectic
made up of elements from various sources
empirical
based on or characterized by observation and experiment rather than theory;
knowledge from experience, particularly from sensory observation, rather than from the
application of logic



etiology
the investigation of causes and origins; branch of medicine that investigates the causes
and origins of disease
exacerbate
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of disease, ill feelings, etc.;
to aggravate


extraneous
not relevant, applicable, essential, or important; existing or coming from outside
extrinsic
coming or operating from outside something
fundamental
relating to or affecting the underlying principles or structure of something; serving
as an essential part of something
hierarchy
categorization of members of a group according to the importance of each
hypothesis
a testable prediction that gives direction to research; a tentative explanation for a
phenomenon, used as a basis for further investigation
inferential (adj), inference (n),
the process of drawing a conclusion based on evidence or
reasoning


intrinsic
occurring wholly within or belonging wholly to a part of the body
irrational
contrary to or lacking in reason or logic; lacking the normal ability to think clearly
maladaptive
a behavior or trait that is counterproductive to the survival or well-being of an
organism


objective
free of any bias or prejudice caused by personal feelings; based on facts rather than
thoughts or opinions
perception – perceive
the process of using the senses to acquire information about the
surrounding environment or situation
perspective
a measured or objective assessment of a situation, giving all elements their
comparative importance; a point of view
phenomenon
a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable (plural -- phenomena)
prognosis
a medical opinion as to the likely course and outcome of a disease
protocol
the detailed plan of a scientific experiments, medical trial, or other piece of research
rational
able to think clearly and sensibly because the mind is not impaired by physical or mental
condition, violent emotion, or prejudice
rationale
the reasoning or principle that underlies or explains a particular course of action, or a
statement setting out these reasons or principles
relevant
having some sensible or logical connection with something else; having some bearing on
or importance for real-world issues, present-day events or the current state of society
rubric
a set of printed rules or instructions
sensation - sense
a physical feeling caused by having one or more of the sense organs stimulated
situational
based in an individual’s inclination or tendency to respond to environmental
circumstances
speculate
to make a judgment or form an opinion on something based on incomplete facts or
information


statistics
a branch of mathematics that deals with the analysis and interpretation of numerical
data in terms of samples and populations
subjective
based on somebody’s opinions or feelings rather than on facts or evidence
systematic
carried out in a methodical and organized manner
theoretical
about, involving or based on theory; dealing with theory or speculation rather than
practical applications
theorist
one who holds or expounds a theory
theory
the body of rules, ideas, principles, and techniques that apply to a particular subject

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