comparative psychology

  1. a branch of psychology involving the study and comparison of the behaviors of diverse animal species, often under controlled laboratory experiments, in order to discover general principles of behavior.

Origin of comparative psychology

First recorded in 1940–45

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How to use comparative psychology in a sentence

  • comparative psychology comes next in importance to embryology as a means of studying the ancestral history of the soul.

    The Wonders of Life | Ernst Haeckel
  • Animal psychology, race psychology, comparative psychology are not within the realm of our practical needs in hospital life.

  • So much, indeed, is this the case, that comparative psychology has been virtually excluded from the hierarchy of the sciences.

    Animal Intelligence | George J. Romanes
  • Children do not merely have veins of cruelty; they have, as comparative psychology knows, the blood and impulses of primitive man.

    The War and the Churches | Joseph McCabe
  • Another group of researches which predominates in our laboratory is that on comparative psychology.

British Dictionary definitions for comparative psychology

comparative psychology

  1. the study of the similarities and differences in the behaviour of different species

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