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n. a supposed flow of physical particles too subtle to be perceived by ordinary sensory mechanisms that is sometimes cited as an explanation for various paranormal and spiritualistic phenomena (Latin, “flowing out”). In the 18th century, the term was widely used to explain such phenomena as magnetism and electricity and later became associated with the idea of animal magnetism. In spiritualism and parapsychology, it is often linked with the notion that people and things have an invisible aura. See also Reichenbach phenomenon.

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March 1st 2024

symbolic learning theory

symbolic learning theory

a theory that attempts to explain how imagery works in performance enhancement. It suggests that imagery develops and enhances a coding system that creates a mental blueprint of what has to be done to complete an action.