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environmental load theory

the theory that humans have a limited ability to handle environmental stimuli. The limit is determined by the amount of information inputs that can be processed by the central nervous system. When the environmental load exceeds the individual’s capacity for processing, the central nervous system reacts by ignoring some of the inputs. See also cognitive overload; information overload; sensory overload; stimulus overload.

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confirmatory research

confirmatory research

research conducted with the aim of testing one or more preexisting hypotheses. Compare exploratory research.