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ventricular puncture

a surgical procedure in which an opening from the outside is made to the lateral ventricle areas of the brain. The procedure may be performed in order to reduce intracranial pressure, to inject medications (e.g., antibiotics) directly into the brain, or to obtain cerebrospinal fluid.

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June 19th 2024

cautious shift

cautious shift

a choice shift in which an individual making a decision as part of a group adopts a more cautious approach than the same individual would have adopted had he or she made the decision alone. Studies suggest that such shifts are (a) rarer than the opposite risky shift and (b) most likely to occur when the majority of the members of the group, prior to discussion, favor a cautious rather than a risky choice. See also group polarization.