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Exclusion Diet

An exclusion diet is a diet in which the individual avoids foodstuffs containing certain things, such as gluten or casein, which are believed to be harmful to that individual.

Executive Function

Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps people connect past experience with present action.

Executive Function Training

Executive function training is any kind of training that is designed to improve executive functioning, which is the set of cognitive abilities that control and regulate other abilities and behaviours.


Exelon is a brand name for rivastigmine, a drug which is usually used to treat Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.


Exergaming is a term used to describe video games that are also a form of exercise.


Extinction is the withdrawal or removal of reinforcers of interfering behaviour in order to reduce the occurrence of that behaviour.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a treatment in which the therapist moves her fingers back and forth in front of your face and asks you to follow these hand motions with your eyes, while recalling a disturbing event.

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