behavioral science


a science or branch of learning, as psychology or sociology, that derives its concepts from observation of the behavior of living organisms.

Nearby words

  1. behavioral immunogen,
  2. behavioral medicine,
  3. behavioral pathogen,
  4. behavioral psychology,
  5. behavioral psychophysics,
  6. behaviorism,
  7. behaviour,
  8. behaviour therapy,
  9. behavioural,
  10. behavioural contagion

Origin of behavioral science

First recorded in 1955–60

Related formsbehavioral scientist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for behavioral science

behavioral science


Any of various scientific disciplines, such as sociology, anthropology, or psychology, in which the actions and reactions of humans and animals are studied through observational and experimental methods.
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