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animal consciousness

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Consciousness has periodically been a pressing issue in the scientific study of non‐human animals, and we are currently in one of these periods. As with humans, discussions of consciousness...

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dramatic irony

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Media Studies.

A dramatic effect in which the audience for a drama (in any medium) or the reader of a novel has information that characters lack that enables the audience or reader to understand the...

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Einfühlung

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy — Psychology.

(German, empathy)

In Husserl, a primary mode of awareness of the experience of other people.

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empathogen

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

Any drug such as ecstasy (2) or GHB that induces a feeling of empathy and benevolence towards others. See also entactogen, sociabilizer. [From empathy + Greek genein to produce]

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identification

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(I-den-ti-fi-kay-shŏn)

(in psychological development) the process of adopting other people's characteristics more or less permanently. Identification with a parent is important in...

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mirror neuron

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

A neuron that is activated when a person performs a certain action or has a certain experience and also when the person observes someone else performing the same action or having the same...

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pathos

Overview page. Subjects: Linguistics.

[pay-thoss]

The emotionally moving quality or power of a literary work or of particular passages within it, appealing especially to our feelings of sorrow, pity, and compassionate...

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phantom limb

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology — Medicine and Health.

An illusory sensation, experienced by an amputee, of the limb still being attached to the body, even when all sensory nerve fibres associated with the limb have been removed. It is...

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qualitative research

Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences.

Gathers information that might aim to understand the reasons why a behaviour occurs. Qualitative research uses methods such as observation, in-depth interviewing, and focus groups. Compare...

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receiver skills

Overview page. Subjects: Media Studies.

The abilities of individuals to interpret verbal and nonverbal communication (involving listening, reading, and/or viewing). These range from simple comprehension to empathy, and include...

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sympathy

Overview page. Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

The ability to share in another person's feelings and concerns, with the accompanying delight in their joys and grief at their sorrows. Sympathy is supposed by Hume to be the basis of a...

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theory of mind

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

People's intuitive understanding of their own and other people's minds or mental states, including beliefs and thoughts. It develops by degrees from a very early age in humans: by the age...

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