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Latent Function:


Learned Helplessness:

Legitimate Authority:

Levels of Adaptation: terminology I have developed to describe adaptation to changing circumstances:-
○             Nominal Level – concerns alignment of the Identity to the Environment running right through the neurological levels
○             Deeper Level – is to do with how vMEMES shape Values & Beliefs and influence Identity in relation to changes in the Life Conditions in the  Environment

Limbic System: a set of mainly subcortical structures which are represented in both cerebral hemispheres and grouped around the brainstem. The main structures of the limbic system are:-
○             Olfactory Bulb – receives sensory data direct from the olfactory epithelium of each nasal cavity
○             Thalamus – one area relays sensory information to the cerebral cortex; it is a second area associated with sleep which is usually considered to be part of the limbic system
○             Hypothalamus – regulates homeostasis in eating and drinking and integrates the activity of the autonomic nervous system, affecting the stress (fight-or-flight) response, emotion and motivation
○             Hippocampus – associated with memory and involved in motivation, emotion and learning
○             Amygdala – associated with memory, emotion, sleep, arousal and the stress response
○             Cingulate Gyrus – associated with strong emotions such as aggression; it also involved in signalling between the frontal lobes of the cerebral cortex and the caudate nucleus


Locus Coeruleus: a small area of cells in the pons related to the sleep-wake cycle and memory.

Locus of Control: this refers to a person’s perception of personal control over their own behaviour. See Attribution Theory. According to Julian B Rotter (1966), it can be measured along a dimension or scale from ‘high internal’ to ‘low external’.
○             High Internal Locus – will attribute their behaviour primarily to their own decisions and efforts
○             High External Locus – will attribute their behaviour as being caused primarily by fate, luck, other people or circumstances

Rotter found that the direction in which people attributed – ie: which way they directed causality – tended to be consistent, suggesting a possible innate element in the tendency. However, Rotter was also at pains to point out that the strength of the attribution was likely to vary considerably from situation to situation, thus affirming the importance of environmental factors in the attribution process.

The concept of locus of control had actually been put forward slightly earlier by Carl Rogers (1961), initially referring to it as ‘locus of evaluation’. Rogers hypothesised the concept from case studies whereas Rotter’s research was based on extensive sample groups. After Rotter published, Humanistic psychologists tended to used the ‘locus of control’ term.)

Logical Levels of Learning: see Bateson Learning Levels.

Long-term Memory: memory for well-processed information integrated into an individual’s general knowledge store. Such storage is thought to be relatively permanent and of unlimited capacity.

Long-Term Memory:

Longitudinal Study: a study that is conducted over a long period of time, thus enabling comparisons of the same group of individuals at different points in chronological time.

A major problem with longitudinal studies often is a high rate of attrition – ie: people dropping out – which reduces reliability at the investigation check points. Another problem with longitudinal studies is that participants are more likely to become aware of the researcher’s aims – with this most likely leading to demand characterisitcs.

Looking Glass Self: a sociological concept that a person’s self grows out of society’s interpersonal interactions and the perceptions of others. The looking-glass self begins at an early age and continues throughout the entirety of a person’s life as one will never stop modifying their self unless all social interactions are ceased.
Charles Cooley (1902) first coined the term but several leading sociologists since have worked with the concept – most notably  King-To Yeung & John Levi Martin (2003) who identified the looking glass self has 3 components:-
We imagine how we must appear to others
We imagine the judgment of that appearance
iii.            We develop our self through the judgments of others