Definition of psychology in English:

psychology

noun

  • 1mass noun The scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behaviour in a given context.

    • ‘She is senior editor of health psychology for the journal Social Science and Medicine.’
    • ‘Qualitative inquiry embeds psychology in rich contexts of history, society, and culture.’
    • ‘He studied Jungian and transpersonal psychology and took a special interest in allergic diseases.’
    • ‘I never did become a doctor, eventually studying physiology, psychology and philosophy at Oxford.’
    • ‘These researchers draw their inspiration from the discipline of psychology and study behaviour in a quite detailed way.’
    • ‘He'd learnt in psychology that parental behaviour had a strong impact on the subconscious.’
    • ‘However he is more famous for his subsequent studies on reflexes and for laying the foundations of the field of behavioural psychology.’
    • ‘The field of psychology should be articulating a broad vision of human beings not a reductive fragmentary one.’
    • ‘The next section of the book focuses on clinical applications of psychology in criminal matters.’
    • ‘Hedonic psychology is the study of pleasant and unpleasant experiences.’
    • ‘He was so impressed that he went on to study psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotism.’
    • ‘Memetics is a scientific theory unifying biology, psychology, and cognitive science.’
    • ‘There is a subdiscipline of psychology devoted to the study of individual differences, too.’
    • ‘Priming paradigms are heavily used in many areas of cognitive psychology.’
    • ‘In seven schools, students were required to study only psychology and multiculturalism.’
    • ‘Seligman's learned optimism is grounded primarily in the cognitive model of psychology.’
    • ‘I would definitely recommend this book to students studying legal psychology as well as criminology.’
    • ‘He was going to study psychology and then counseling at some Christian school in Virginia.’
    • ‘How can we benefit from an understanding of cognitive science and evolutionary psychology?’
    • ‘Perhaps the other area of psychological science most relevant to camps is behavioral psychology.’
    study of the mind, science of the mind, science of the personality, study of the mental processes
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  • 2in singular The mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group.

    ‘the psychology of child-killers’
    • ‘Nevertheless, an understanding of psychological types opens the way to a better understanding of human psychology in general.’
    • ‘As with her use of subtext, Griffith is quite modern in her use of setting to shed light on the psychology of her characters.’
    • ‘The toughest thing was finding a physicality, a psychology, a voice, for the character.’
    • ‘While many movies attempt to imitate the personal psychologies of cops and criminals, Dark Blue hits closer to the mark than most.’
    • ‘Both of us are big sports fans and fascinated by the psychology of the people who rise to the top in sports management.’
    • ‘Cannington had stopped writing and was intrigued by the psychology and shift of temperament.’
    • ‘That's the difference between having ideas about what people do and really knowing the psychology from the inside.’
    • ‘Carlyle warms to his next theme: exploring the psychology and inner world of his character.’
    • ‘The hardest thing about playing Julie was dealing with the psychology of her fractured persona.’
    • ‘Puthenveed has analysed the psychology of most the biblical characters.’
    • ‘The election, he must remind voters, is really about something more than the personalities, and the psychologies, of the two major candidates.’
    • ‘Belarussian cinematography tends to focus on heroic and romantic genres, as well as the psychology of characters.’
    • ‘This is an extraordinarily complex topic that has its roots in history, the global economy, the failure of diplomacy and the psychologies of the people involved.’
    • ‘In human psychology, paranoid aggression is usually an indicator of nervous insecurity.’
    • ‘He has interesting insights on the psychology of people drawn to this kind of procedure.’
    • ‘Appealing to the differing psychologies, motivations, communications preferences and needs of individual daters is fundamental; bringing together like-minded individuals is the key to longevity.’
    • ‘One of Alistair's main fascinations is human psychology and its role in sustaining an illusion.’
    • ‘Plato and the Stoics see Medea in terms of very different accounts of human psychology and the emotions.’
    • ‘There are long biographical interludes on the major figures, but no sustained attempt to convey the psychology of the individuals.’
    • ‘It comes back to the psychology of investors or people in general - everyone likes to back a winner and steer clear of a loser.’
    mindset, mind, mental processes, thought processes, way of thinking, cast of mind, frame of mind, turn of mind, mentality, persona, psyche, attitude(s), mental attitudes, make-up, character, disposition, temperament, temper, behaviour
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    1. 2.1 The mental factors governing a situation or activity.
      ‘the psychology of interpersonal relationships’
      • ‘Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop.’
      • ‘The fact that he is red-green color blind prompted an interest in optics and the psychology of vision.’
      • ‘It may help you to increase your sales by understanding the psychology of purchasing and your part in that process.’
      • ‘If we understand the psychology of job loss, we usually have an easier time adjusting to it and moving on with our lives.’
      • ‘He wittily captures the psychology of the situation without actually showing many of the faces.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from modern Latin psychologia (see psycho-, -logy).

Pronunciation

psychology

/sʌɪˈkɒlədʒi/