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Psychology Glossary: R Index

These are brief definitions of psychology terms beginning with R. Click on the term for a more detailed definition.
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Random Assignment Definition
Random assignment involves using chance to make sure that all participants have an equal likelihood of being assigned to a group.

Random Sample Definition
A random sample is a selection of individuals from a larger population.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) was developed by psychologist Albert Ellis in the 1950s. Today, it remains a popular form of cognitive therapy.

Rationalization Definition
Rationalization is one of the defense mechanisms described by Freud and involves trying to explain away irrational behavior in a logical way.

Reaction Formation Definition
Reaction formation is a defense mechanism that involves acting the opposite of how you truly feel.

Reality Principle Definition
The reality principle plays and important role in satisfying the demands of the id in ways that are socially appropriate.

Reciprocal Determinism Definition
Reciprocal determinism is a model developed by psychologists Albert Bandura that described how the individual, the environment, and behavior influence one another. Learn more about how this process works.

Reflected Appraisal Process
The reflected appraisal process is one of the things that influences the development of self-concept.

Regression Definition
Regression is a type of defense mechanism that is characterized by acting out behaviors from an earlier point of development.

Reliability Definition
Reliability refers to the consistency of a measure...

Replication Definition
Replication involves repeating a research study.

Representativeness Heuristic Definition
The representativeness heuristic is one type of mental shortcut that we use when making decisions or judgments. Learn more about this heuristics and how it can lead to cognitive errors.

Repression Definition
Repression is a defense mechanism that involves keeping information out of conscious awareness...

Rorschach Inkblot Test Definition
The Rorschach inkblot test is a type of projective assessment of personality and emotional functioning.

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