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voluntary admission

admission of a patient to a psychiatric hospital or other inpatient unit at his or her own request, without coercion. Such hospitalization can end whenever the patient sees fit, unlike involuntary hospitalization, the length of which is determined by a court or the hospital. Also called voluntary commitment; voluntary hospitalization.

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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.