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Opponent processes are reciprocal mechanism in which one aspect of a system simultaneously inhibits the functioning of another and vice versa.
This process is observable in neuro impulses similar to qualia in philosophy. These include color illusions of seeing an opposite color after habituation, physiological homeostasis reactions for temperature, oxygen, food, and stimuluation control.
The basic concept of reciprocal feedback has been used in the development of a number of opponent-process theories:
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