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executive control structure

a theoretical mental system governing the use of different cognitive strategies: an internal blueprint. Particularly relevant to problem solving, executive control structures contain representations of situations, their objectives, and the various procedures available for obtaining them. They are one of two mechanisms proposed by Canadian developmental psychologist Robbie Case (1944–2000) as guiding learning and thinking processes in children, the other being the central conceptual structure.

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body-size overestimation

body-size overestimation

the specific tendency to overestimate the size of body features (e.g., width of waist, hips, or thighs) in relation to objective size measurements. It was once thought to be an essential feature of anorexia nervosa. See body-image distortion.