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n. the positive stress response, involving optimal levels of stimulation: a type of stress that results from challenging but attainable and enjoyable or worthwhile tasks (e.g., participating in an athletic event, giving a speech). It has a beneficial effect by generating a sense of fulfillment or achievement and facilitating growth, development, mastery, and high levels of performance. Compare distress. [first described by Hungarian-born Canadian endocrinologist Hans Selye (1907–1982)]

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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.