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kindling

n. an alteration in brain functioning that results from repeated minor electrical or chemical stimulation, culminating in the appearance of electrographic abnormalities and often generalized seizures. It is often used as an experimental model for epilepsy.

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June 18th 2024

structured observation

structured observation

a systematic method of collecting behavioral data within a controlled environment, often used in research with infants and young children, in which observers measure overt actions and interpersonal processes. In structured observation, researchers (a) select which behaviors are of interest and which are not, (b) clearly define the characteristics of each behavior so that observers all agree on the classification, and (c) note the occurrence and frequency of these targeted behaviors in the situation under analysis. Interaction process analysis and SYMLOG are examples. Structured observation differs from naturalistic observation, which involves observing individuals in their own environments outside of the laboratory.