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Cannon-Bard theory of emotion
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physiological arousal and emotional experience occur at the same time

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lack of muscle tone or muscle weakness, and in some cases complete paralysis of the voluntary muscles

cause-and-effect relationship
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changes in one variable cause the changes in the other variable; can be determined only through an experimental research design

central nervous system (CNS)
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brain and spinal cord

central nucleus
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part of the brain involved in attention and has connections with the hypothalamus and various brainstem areas to regulate the autonomic nervous and endocrine systems’ activity

central sleep apnea
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sleep disorder with periods of interrupted breathing due to a disruption in signals sent from the brain that regulate breathing

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hindbrain structure that controls our balance, coordination, movement, and motor skills, and it is thought to be important in processing some types of memory

cerebral cortex
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surface of the brain that is associated with our highest mental capabilities

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long strand of genetic information

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organizing information into manageable bits or chunks

circadian rhythm
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biological rhythm that occurs over approximately 24 hours

classical conditioning
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learning in which the stimulus or experience occurs before the behavior and then gets paired or associated with the behavior

clinical or case study
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observational research study focusing on one or a few people

clinical psychology
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area of psychology that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders and other problematic patterns of behavior

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opiate with relatively low potency often prescribed for minor pain