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“C: Developmental Psychological Limited Dictionary


Entry-(Branch of Psychology)- Definition


Cancer-(Psychology, Psychology and Illness, Stress and Health)- A disease that is associated with stress and exposure to carcinogens, it influences the functioning of the immune system.

Cannon-Bard Theory-(Psychology, Emotional Development)- Emotion is a result of Perception of stimulus which causes both physiological changes and subjective feelings (, Psychology, 2001).

Cell Body-(Psychology, Biological Bases of Psychology, Psychopathology)-Is a small organism of the body that keeps neurons alive.

Central Nervous System-(Psychology, Biological Bases of Psychology, Psychopathology)- Is the brain and spinal cord, the sensory and motor system transmit information to:

  • control the skeletal muscles,
  • regulates internal organs and glands,
  • conserves and expends energy.

Cerebral Cortex-(Psychology, Biological Bases of Psychology, Psychopathology)- Is a part of the Forebrain and has lobes that control vision, sensory information, processes sound, and motor movements, they are:

  1. Occipital lobes
  2. Parietal lobes
  3. Temporal lobes
  4. Frontal lobes

Chaining-(Psychology, Learning, Classical Conditioning)- A Theory from Pavlov in Classical Conditioning that behaviors a sequenced, this method has reinforcers at the end and works backward with previously conditioned behaviors.

  Cognitive Behavior Modification-(Psychology, Classical Conditioning, Learning)- A Theory from Pavlov in Classical Conditioning that not only observable behaviors are modified but also undesirable thoughts through the principles of Learning Theory.

Cognitive Development-(Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology)- Is intellectual and mental development that includes:

  • Social Development
  • Emotional Development
  • Chronological Development
  • Personality Development
  • Moral Development

Cognitive Dissonance-(Psychology, Social Psychology, Social Cognition, Psychopathology)- When an attitude or belief is in conflict with behaviors, a motivation drive works to make them consistent.

Cognitive Labeling Theory-(Psychology, Emotional Development)-Emotion is a result of interpretation of the cause of physiological arousal (, Psychology, 2001)

Commitment-(Psychology, Social Psychology)- A Theory by Sternberg that is the third component of “Love”:

  1. Intimacy
  2. Passion
  3. Commitment

Companionate Love-(Psychology, Social Psychology)- A Theory by Sternberg that is the combination of intimacy and commitment.

Conformity-(Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychopathology)- When behaviors change to fit a norm or rule as a result of perceived or real group, peer, or societal pressure.

Conscious-(Psychology)- Wakefulness.

Consistency In Personality-(Psychology, Personality Development, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology)- Is when responses are the same over a long period of time and in multiple situations. Consistency in Personality is measured by:

  • Trait
  • Cross-situational

Constitutional Weakness-(Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology)- A pre-disposition or biological defect that is enduring and causes an organism to be more susceptible to specific illnesses.

Consummate Love-(Psychology, Social Psychology)-A Theory by Sternberg this is a combination of intimacy, passion, and commitment.

Continuous Reinforcement-(Psychology, Classical Conditioning, Learning)- A Theory from Pavlov of Classical Conditioning that a response is reinforce continuously, all the time, or always.

Correlation-(Statistics)- Is a relationship between two variables.

Critical Periods-(Psychology, Developmental Psychology)- Stages and periods during life development that developmental markers must be met in order for appropriated psychological, physical, emotional, and social development.

Cue-Dependent-(Psychology, Memory, Retaining & Retrieving Information, Psychopathology)- the inability to gain access or retrieve the information as a part of the long-term memory from decay and forgetting.

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