haptic jacket

a garment worn on the upper body that can simulate haptic sensations by using mechanical stimulation (for instance, from vibrating motors or heating elements) to simulate the sensation of being touched

haptic sensory information

includes both tactile sensations that are mediated by the skin, and kinesthetic sensations based on body position and movement, and muscular tensions


the proportion of individual differences in a trait or characteristic that is attributable to genetic influences, for example, if a trait is 40% heritable, it means that 40% of the individual differences in this trait can be explained by genetic effects


Heteronormativity is the belief that everyone is heterosexual and heterosexuality, as a sexual orientation, is the norm.


a mental short cut for finding a generally adequate, if imperfect solution to a problem; for example, when camping it is best to avoid touching plants with leaves in clusters of three and to avoid eating unfamiliar red berries, even though these rules would also suggest staying far away from strawberry plants


mental short-cuts or rules of thumb that save time and effort

are mental short-cut that saves time and effort


a term that designates a person of the lower nobility

high maintenance interaction

refers to the degree to which the coordination of interaction on an interpersonal task demands energy beyond the amount of energy required to perform the task itself (Finkel et al., 2006)

high-association detail

Details that are strongly related to one another. 

high-functioning autism

 an informal term that is often applied to autistic individuals who are not cognitively impaired (i.e. have an average or higher than average IQ)


A region of the brain that is part of the limbic system; primarily related to emotion, the autonomic nervous system, and the formation, storage, and processing of memory


people with a holistic mindset tend to ‘take in the whole picture’ without resorting to formal logic, this mindset is common in East Asia (Nisbett et al., 2001)


the tendency for people to marry (or mate with) people with similar backgrounds


the tendency for people to like, form relationships, and cluster together with those similar to themselves, as typically studies by sociologists

honour killing

premeditated murder of pre-adolescent, adolescent or adult women, by one or more male members of her immediate or extended family; the male family members create a council to decide on the time and form of execution due to an allegation, suspicion or proof of sexual impropriety by the victim

hostile sexism

involves believing in male supremacy in order to avoid being controlled by women


a dress typically worn by Mexican indigenous women; it resembles a large smock and is constructed of several panels of woven cloth

human nature

includes characteristics shared by all humans that distinguish humans from automata and objects (Haslam, 2006); when this type of humanness is denied to others, we talk about mechanistic dehumanization; when this type of dehumanization occurs, the person is assimilated as an object

human physiological processes

pertain to the physical and chemical factors and processes involved in the functions of living persons and their parts

Hyperactive Agent-Detection Device

(HADD) is a biased perceptual device that makes people particularly sensitive to the presence of intentional agency and biased towards the over-attribution intentional action as the cause of a given state of affairs when data is ambiguous

Synonyms: HADD

Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

Central stress response system in humans comprised of the three parts it is named after (hypothalamus, pituitary gland, adrenal gland); communication and feedback between these parts help control the body’s reaction to stress and regulate other body processes (e.g., digestion, moods and emotion, energy storage, etc.)

Synonyms: HPA axis