Glossary S

Semantic Differential Technique refers to the technique that assesses how people feel about certain places, the infromation of which guides Planners with development decisions. It includes questions such as "is the neighborhood run down or attractive?
Semantic memory refers to a subpart of declarative memory that records impersonal knowledge about the world; stores general world knowledge; memory for information and facts that have no specific time-tag reference; the general class of memory concerning the remembering of meanings of words or concepts not tied to a specific time or event A memory system proposed by Tulving that is thought to hold memories of general knowledge.

Semantics refer to the expressed meaning of sentences, and words.

Semi-Structured Interviews refer to interviews that include specific questions designed to elicit information in a relatively consistent manner regardless of who is doing the interview.

Semistructured interviews refer to interviews that include specific questions designed to elicit information in a relatively consistent manner regardless of who is doing the interview

Senility refers to the generalised characterisation of progressive decline in mental functioning as a condition of the aging process.

Sensate focus refers to a method of treatment for sexual dysfunctions that involves the partners' taking turns stimulating each other in non-sexual but affectionate ways at first, then gradually progressing over a period of time toward genital stimulation.

Sensate focus exercise refers to a part of the sex therapy developed by Masters and Johnson in which one partner caresses the other, the other communicates what is pleasurable, and where there are no performance demands.

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