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Late-onset (or adolescent-limited) trajectory refers to the growth curve of individuals who become more aggressive, often for a limited time, during adolescence or young adulthood after having been relatively non-aggressive during childhood

Late-selection theory refers to a model of attention in which all perceptual messages, whether attended or not, are processed for some meaning.

Latency is a term in Psychoanalytic theory which refers to a period of psychosexual development during which the child interacts with peers and imitates the behavior of parents and other adults of the same biological sex as the child.

Latency period refers to Freud's developmental theory from ages 5 yrs-puberty where the child's sexuality is repressed and the child focuses on standard childhood activities like play and school activities.

Latency stage a stage according to Freud is the period of psychosexual development, following the phallic stage, in which libidinal drives are quelled and children's energy turns toward the development of skills and interests and toward becoming fully socialized to the world; the opposite sex is avoided. Latency stage follows the phallic stage, there is a relatively calm period before adolescence. When Oedipal issues are resolved, the child enters the latency period.

Latent is defined as a state in which a disorder is present and capable of becoming evident but is not yet obvious or active.

Latent content is what a dream is actually about; the symbolic meaning of a dream's events.

In Freud's theory, Latent content refers to the underlying or "true" meaning of a dream that

Latent dream is a term in Freud's theory that refers to the underlying or "true" meaning of a dream