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exploratory drive

the motivation that compels an organism to examine its environment. The exploratory drive may be secondary to other drives, such as fear or hunger leading to exploration. Alternatively, exploratory behavior may be a separate and independent drive. Also called exploration drive. See also curiosity.

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affective psychosis

affective psychosis

a mood disorder accompanied by delusions or hallucinations (i.e., psychotic features). The mood disruption precedes the psychotic symptoms, and the psychotic symptoms only occur during a major depressive episode or a manic episode.