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1. the end state toward which a human or nonhuman animal is striving: the purpose of an activity or endeavor. It can be identified by observing that an organism ceases or changes its behavior upon attaining this state.

2. a target of proficiency to be achieved in a task within a set period of time. See goal setting.

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Psychology term of the day

May 30th 2024

normative research

normative research

research conducted for the purpose of ascertaining norms.