- the science of the mind or of mental states and processes.
- the science of human and animal behavior.
- the sum or characteristics of the mental states and processes of a person or class of persons, or of the mental states and processes involved in a field of activity: the psychology of a soldier; the psychology of politics.
- mental ploys or strategy: He used psychology on his parents to get a larger allowance.
Origin of psychology
Examples from the Web for psychology
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Laskey, who earned a degree in psychology, enjoys painting and poetry.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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Muslims made many discoveries in mathematics, chemistry, physics, medicine, astronomy and psychology.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
He eventually earned a Ph.D. in psychology and worked in various universities, though never for very long.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
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The discipline required for martial arts fed into the psychology of the character, who approaches everything mission by mission.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
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Such an assumption is based on false conception of the psychology of suggestion.The Sexual Question
It's such a pity, when you've everything except the psychology.The Education of Eric Lane
But Psychology has also some other supports, specious rather than real.Theaetetus
This is a true fact of psychology, which is recognized by Plato in this passage.Meno
The psychology of criminals had been an interesting study to this official.The Christian
- the scientific study of all forms of human and animal behaviour, sometimes concerned with the methods through which behaviour can be modifiedSee also analytical psychology, clinical psychology, comparative psychology, educational psychology, experimental psychology
- informal the mental make-up or structure of an individual that causes him or her to think or act in the way he or she does
Word Origin and History for psychology
1650s, "study of the soul," from Modern Latin psychologia, probably coined mid-16c. in Germany by Melanchthon from Latinized form of Greek psykhe- "breath, spirit, soul" (see psyche) + logia "study of" (see -logy). Meaning "study of the mind" first recorded 1748, from Christian Wolff's "Psychologia empirica" (1732); main modern behavioral sense is from early 1890s.
- The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.
- The emotional and behavioral characteristics of an individual, group, or activity.
- The scientific study of mental processes and behavior.
- The behavioral and cognitive characteristics of a specific individual, group, activity, or circumstance.♦ Clinical psychology ♦ is the application of psychological knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
The science dealing with mental phenomena and processes. Psychologists study emotions, perception, intelligence, consciousness, and the relationship between these phenomena and processes and the work of the glands and muscles. Psychologists are also interested in diseased or disordered mental states, and some psychologists provide therapy for individuals. In the United States, however, psychologists, unlike psychiatrists, are not medical doctors. (See psychiatry.)