n-back paradigm

a continuous sequence of different stimuli (for example: letters) is presented and participants have to continually compare the current stimulus in this sequence with the stimulus n steps back (for example one or two steps) in the n-back paradigm; typically, the subjects are then instructed to react (for example: a manual key press) to a match; the performance in this paradigm (for example: detecting a correct match) acts as an indicator for the executive functions updating of information in working memory

narcissism

is love of oneself, a term derived from the Greek myth of Narcissus

neuroimaging

refers to the use of various techniques to elucidate the relationship between brain activity and certain mental functions

neuroscience

the study of the nervous system, with a particular focus on brain activity

neuroticism

a psychological conditions or state characterized by neurosis; also, one of the Big Five personality factors (fundamental dimensions of human personality), ranging from one extreme of neuroticism, including such traits ad nervousness, tenseness, moodiness, and temperamentality, to the opposite extreme of emotional stability

nonbelieved memories

vivid memories that one does not believe to represent genuine past events

nonverbal communication

communication by means other than words; social psychologist sometimes include verbal cues other than the words themselves, such as speech rate or tone, in this category

nostalgia

a sentimental longing for the past

novel conceptual combination task

 a task that requires the problem-solver to find an exemplar that belongs to two seemingly non-overlapping concepts

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