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Flashcards in W's, X's, Y's, and Z's in Glossary Deck (10):
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wavelength

the distance from the peak on one light or sound wave to the peak of the next

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Weber's law

the principle that two stimuli must differ by a constant minimum percentage to be perceived as different, rather than a constant amount

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Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS)

the most widely used intelligence test; contains verbal and performance subtests

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Wernicke's area

controls language reception -- a brain area involved in language comprehension and expression, usually in the left temporal lobe

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withdrawal

the discomfort and distress that follows discontinuing an addictive drug or behavior

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working memory

a newer understanding of short-term memory that focuses on conscious, active processing of incoming auditory and visual-spatial info, and of info retrieved from long-term memory

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X chromosome

the sex chromosome found in both men and women. Females have 2 X chromosomes; males have 1.

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Y chromosome

the sex chromosome found only in males, from the dad.

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Young-Helmholtz trichromatic theory

the theory that the retina contains 3 different color receptors -- one most sensitive to red, one to green, one to blue -- which, when stimulated in combination, can produce the perception of any color

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zygote

the fertilized egg; it enters a 2-week period of rapid cell division and develops into an embryo