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Unconditioned Stimulus

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CS

Conditioned Stimulus

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SOA

Stimulus Onset Asynchrony

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UCS

Un-Conditioned Stimulus

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SSPD

Society for Stimulus Properties of Drugs

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ISI

Inter-Stimulus Interval

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SIU

Stimulus Isolation Unit

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MSS

Measurement and Stimulus Sub-system

Computing » Hardware

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HISS

Holistic Inventory of Stimulus Sensitivities

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SRC

Stimulus, Response, and Consequence

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SGE

Stimulus Generation Event

Academic & Science » Physics

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SRE

Stimulus Reception Event

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S/R

Stimulus/Response

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STAP

stimulus triggered acquisition of Pluripotency

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SOR

Stimulus Organism Response

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MNFS

Maximum No Fire Stimulus

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ISLD

Inter Stimulus Level Difference

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DSMU

Digital Stimulus Monitor Unit

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SHARK

Stimulus Housing And Rebate Kontraption

Community » Housing & Amenities

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FBSP

Free Book Stimulus Plan

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SCL

Stimulus Control Language

Academic & Science » Language & Literature

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LSRA

Loose Stimulus Response Association

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SPN

Stimulus Preceding Negativity

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NSIA

Noxious Stimulus Induced Analgesia

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NSIA

Noxious Stimulus Induced Antinociception

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What does supernormal stimulus mean?

Supernormal stimulus
A supernormal stimulus or superstimulus is an exaggerated version of a stimulus to which there is an existing response tendency, or any stimulus that elicits a response more strongly than the stimulus for which it evolved. For example, when it comes to eggs, a bird can be made to prefer the artificial versions to their own, and humans can be similarly exploited by junk food. The idea is that the elicited behaviours evolved for the "normal" stimuli of the ancestor's natural environment, but the behaviours are now hijacked by the supernormal stimulus. British academic Nigel Spivey demonstrates the effect in the first episode of the 2005 BBC documentary series How Art Made the World to illustrate neuroscientist Vilayanur S. Ramachandran's speculation that this might be the reason for the grossly exaggerated body image demonstrated in works of art from the Venus of Willendorf right up to the present day.

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