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verbal leakage

slips of the tongue, verbal ambiguities, or other aspects of speech thought to reveal information about an individual’s motives and behavior that he or she has attempted to conceal. Body language that is similarly revealing is described by some psychologists as nonverbal leakage. See also Freudian slip; parapraxis; symptomatic act.

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June 19th 2024

picture superiority effect

picture superiority effect

the tendency for a picture or drawing to be remembered better than the name of the pictured object. For example, people are more likely to remember “dog” if they see a drawing of a dog than if they see the word dog.