literally, it means lineage but in the colonial period, the word referred to people of mixed race

casta painting

this was a style of painting, typical of the eighteenth century, which represented the various racial mixtures possible in Latin America

change blindness

difficulty observers have in noticing changes to visual scenes, when the change is accompanied by some other visual disturbance

child-based twin design

a twin study that relies on twin children

choice blindness

failure to detect changes in a decision outcome when the choice was covertly manipulated

chronic dieters

highly motivated to restrict their calorie intake in order to control their body weight; however, they are rather unsuccessful dieters as they are not only known for their food restriction, but also for their repeated lapses of restraint (Herman & Polivy, 1980)

Synonyms: restrained eaters

cognitive accessibility

the ease with which a given concept comes to mind

refers to the ease or speed with which information stored in memory comes to mind (i.e., can be retrieved)

cognitive decline

 refers to a decreasing ability to perform well on tasks that require speedy, analytical, or creative thinking due to aging

cognitive dissonance

psychological discomfort that is caused by people’s awareness of inconsistency among important beliefs, attitudes, or actions; people have a motivational drive to reduce dissonance 

collective efficacy

the ability to solve the community’s problems collectively


refers to a cultural worldview that encourages a focus on duties above rights and an emphasis on group membership, harmony, interpersonal connectedness, context sensitivity

a cultural orientation where people tend to stress in-group cohesion, priority on group goals, community and society, common in Asia (Triandis, 1995)


is the belief that you wish to make a relationship keep working into the future; if you have this without the other two then you have “empty love”

common ground

the information or knowledge that conversation partners share; the things they (have come to) mutually know, believe, and/or recognize

common sense

the ability to perceive, understand and judge practical matters with little reflection or argument; this is generally assumed to be a universal human ability (van Holthoon & Olson, 1987) 

communal sharing

people treat each other as equivalent and undifferentiated concerning a certain social domain

communal sharing relationship

a type of social relationship in which members implicitly assume that their bodies share a common substance that binds them together. This relationship is typically found among close kin or members of a group with a salient shared identity

companionate love

is intimacy plus commitment; you’re great friends, you’re dedicated to being together, you just don’t have the erotic emotionally supercharged insanity of passion (which is good for, say, siblings)

comparative suffering hypothesis

states that seeing the offender suffer from fate is sufficient for victims to feel satisfaction

Compensatory control theory

was developed to understand how people  maintain the belief that they live in an orderly and stable world when experiencing fluctuations in perceived personal control; when personal control is perceived to be low, people can compensate by affirming beliefs in external sources of control, such as supernatural agents and governmental bodies



means being intelligent, skillful, and able

concept activation

the process by which general ideas (like “action” or “inaction”) are mentally triggered, sometimes resulting in an impact on associated behaviors

conceptual metaphors

refers to the idea that people use concrete sensory information to understand dissimilar abstract information (e.g., LOVE is a JOURNEY)

concern with future consequences

an individual’s tendency to be concerned with immediate vs. future consequences, and base one’s decisions on those consequences that are important to the individual


a confusing imagination with memory

connectedness functions

refer to those functions of gossip that help individuals obtain acceptance and liking from important individuals and groups


one of the Big Five personality factors, characterized by traits such as organization, thoroughness, reliability, and practicality, and their relative absence of careless, negligence, and unreliability

consensual non-monogamy

a form of romantic relationship configuration where all partners involved agree to engage in romantic and/or sexual relationships with other peoplel; this includes (but is not limited to): polyamory (partners involved agree on loving sexual and romantic relationships with others), swinging (partners agree on sexual relationships with others, typically engaged in as a couple and often at parties) and open relationships (partners agree on sexual engagements with others, typically with the expectation that love is not part of the equation)

consummate love

is intimacy plus passion plus commitment; you’ve got it all; they don’t give prizes for this, it IS a prize

contact hypothesis

 the notion that contact between members two groups tends to reduce tensions between them, particularly when it occurs under certain types of circumstances

contradictory details

information in eyewitness accounts that was initially reported and is later changed


the process of managing taxing circumstances, and seeking to reduce or tolerate stress or conflict


phenomena are phenomena that are physically implausible or nonexistent; in psychology mostly known for counterfactual thinking: pondering about what would have happened if one had done something different at a certain point in time; so though the phenomenon can easily be thought about, it’s just impossible in the present reality


phenomena are phenomena that are at odds with factual or logical reasoning; ironically, counterintuitive can also stand for phenomena at odds with gut feelings and intuition, which are often disproven; take the earth for an example, the idea that the earth is flat is an intuitive idea; the discovery that the earth was a round spheroid, is therefore a counterintuitive idea; yet, this doesn’t mean that the idea isn’t true: it’s just unlikely to be thought


one of the terms proposed for the racial mixture represented by a person with one indigenous and one mestizo parent


a subjective feeling in which one experiences a strong urge or desire to engage in a certain behavior 

creative conceptual expansion

the process of extending the conceptual boundaries of an existing concept by synthesizing it with other seemingly irrelevant concepts


a much-studied phenomenon typically attributed to a) a person, b) a product, c) a process or d) an environment ; it is distinguished by the production of novel and useful things, whereas countless approaches to defining, generating and facilitating creativity have been developed in the four areas

cultural anthropologist

belongs to a branch of the social sciences that studies cultural variation among humans

cultures of dignity

based on the conviction that each person has an intrinsic value; dignity cultures try to balance ideals of equality and liberty: everyone’s worth is the same; one’s worth is not dependent on other’s judgments (Kim, Cohen, Au, 2010)

cultures of honor

cultures that are concerned with the preservation of personal and group honor and reputation

cystic fibrosis

is a childhood-onset hereditary disease that affects mucus producing glands found in the liver, pancreas, and especially the lungs; there is currently no cure for cystic fibrosis and many who suffer from this disease die at age 20 or 30; however, with new treatments some cystic fibrosis sufferers’ life expectancy is increasing to 40 or 50