psychology

Psychology refers to the study of human behavior and the human mind, or the mental attitude of a group. Your parents will find it hard to understand the psychology of the teenager.

Psychology is more than just an academic subject. The word refers to the complex mental workings and states a person, group or activity. Marketers use the psychology of consumer behavior to sell you things you don't need. Some self-help books teach you how use psychology - mental strategies and tricks - on someone in order to win arguments or get ahead.

Definitions of psychology
  1. noun
    the science of mental life
    synonyms: psychological science
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    abnormal psychology, psychopathology
    the branch of psychology concerned with abnormal behavior
    applied psychology, industrial psychology
    any of several branches of psychology that seek to apply psychological principles to practical problems of education or industry or marketing etc.
    cognitive psychology
    an approach to psychology that emphasizes internal mental processes
    animal psychology, comparative psychology
    the branch of psychology concerned with the behavior of animals
    child psychology, developmental psychology, genetic psychology
    the branch of psychology that studies the social and mental development of children
    differential psychology
    the branch of psychology that studies measurable differences between individuals
    experimental psychology, psychonomics
    the branch of psychology that uses experimental methods to study psychological issues
    neuropsychology, physiological psychology, psychophysiology
    the branch of psychology that is concerned with the physiological bases of psychological processes
    psychometrics, psychometrika, psychometry
    any branch of psychology concerned with psychological measurements
    social psychology
    the branch of psychology that studies persons and their relationships with others and with groups and with society as a whole
    psychophysics
    the branch of psychology concerned with quantitative relations between physical stimuli and their psychological effects
    behaviorism, behavioristic psychology, behaviourism, behaviouristic psychology
    an approach to psychology that emphasizes observable measurable behavior
    memory
    the area of cognitive psychology that studies memory processes
    problem solving
    the area of cognitive psychology that studies the processes involved in solving problems
    psycholinguistics
    the branch of cognitive psychology that studies the psychological basis of linguistic competence and performance
    psychodynamics
    the branch of social psychology that deals with the processes and emotions that determine psychology and motivation
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    science, scientific discipline
    a particular branch of scientific knowledge
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