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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the branch of psychology that deals with the relationships between physical stimuli and resulting sensations and mental states.
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Origin of psychophysics

From the German word Psychophysik, dating back to 1875–80. See psycho-, physics
Related formspsy·cho·phys·i·cal [sahy-koh-fiz-i-kuh l] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈfɪz ɪ kəl/, psy·cho·phys·ic, adjectivepsy·cho·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbpsy·cho·phys·i·cist [sahy-koh-fiz-uh-sist] /ˌsaɪ koʊˈfɪz ə sɪst/, noun
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Examples from the Web for psychophysical

Historical Examples of psychophysical

  • The suppressed emotion had evidently become a psychophysical "complex."


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • It was only the psychophysical pain in the brain which had been inhibited.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • There remains still the translation into psychophysical terms.

  • But the psychophysical contribution of energies is not gratuitous.

  • We may now consider as our real topic the psychophysical activity.

British Dictionary definitions for psychophysical


  1. (functioning as singular) the branch of psychology concerned with the relationship between physical stimuli and the effects they produce in the mind
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Derived Formspsychophysical, adjective
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psychophysical in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to psychophysics.
  2. Psychosomatic.
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  1. The branch of psychology that deals with the relationships between physical stimuli and sensory response.
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