Definition of psychology in English:

psychology

noun

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

    • ‘Priming paradigms are heavily used in many areas of cognitive psychology.’
    • ‘These researchers draw their inspiration from the discipline of psychology and study behaviour in a quite detailed way.’
    • ‘Seligman's learned optimism is grounded primarily in the cognitive model of psychology.’
    • ‘He studied Jungian and transpersonal psychology and took a special interest in allergic diseases.’
    • ‘She is senior editor of health psychology for the journal Social Science and Medicine.’
    • ‘Perhaps the other area of psychological science most relevant to camps is behavioral psychology.’
    • ‘Qualitative inquiry embeds psychology in rich contexts of history, society, and culture.’
    • ‘There is a subdiscipline of psychology devoted to the study of individual differences, too.’
    • ‘In seven schools, students were required to study only psychology and multiculturalism.’
    • ‘I would definitely recommend this book to students studying legal psychology as well as criminology.’
    • ‘He was so impressed that he went on to study psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotism.’
    • ‘Hedonic psychology is the study of pleasant and unpleasant experiences.’
    • ‘The next section of the book focuses on clinical applications of psychology in criminal matters.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Memetics is a scientific theory unifying biology, psychology, and cognitive science.’
    • ‘I never did become a doctor, eventually studying physiology, psychology and philosophy at Oxford.’
    • ‘The field of psychology should be articulating a broad vision of human beings not a reductive fragmentary one.’
    study of the mind, science of the mind, science of the personality, study of the mental processes
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    1. 1.1[in singular]The mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group.
      ‘the psychology of Americans in the 1920s’
      • ‘The election, he must remind voters, is really about something more than the personalities, and the psychologies, of the two major candidates.’
      • ‘Puthenveed has analysed the psychology of most the biblical characters.’
      • ‘Cannington had stopped writing and was intrigued by the psychology and shift of temperament.’
      • ‘There are long biographical interludes on the major figures, but no sustained attempt to convey the psychology of the individuals.’
      • ‘Both of us are big sports fans and fascinated by the psychology of the people who rise to the top in sports management.’
      • ‘It comes back to the psychology of investors or people in general - everyone likes to back a winner and steer clear of a loser.’
      • ‘Plato and the Stoics see Medea in terms of very different accounts of human psychology and the emotions.’
      • ‘As with her use of subtext, Griffith is quite modern in her use of setting to shed light on the psychology of her characters.’
      • ‘One of Alistair's main fascinations is human psychology and its role in sustaining an illusion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The toughest thing was finding a physicality, a psychology, a voice, for the character.’
      • ‘The hardest thing about playing Julie was dealing with the psychology of her fractured persona.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘That's the difference between having ideas about what people do and really knowing the psychology from the inside.’
      • ‘In human psychology, paranoid aggression is usually an indicator of nervous insecurity.’
      • ‘Belarussian cinematography tends to focus on heroic and romantic genres, as well as the psychology of characters.’
      • ‘Carlyle warms to his next theme: exploring the psychology and inner world of his character.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, an understanding of psychological types opens the way to a better understanding of human psychology in general.’
      • ‘He has interesting insights on the psychology of people drawn to this kind of procedure.’
      • ‘While many movies attempt to imitate the personal psychologies of cops and criminals, Dark Blue hits closer to the mark than most.’
    2. 1.2[in singular]The mental and emotional factors governing a situation or activity.
      ‘the psychology of interpersonal relationships’
      • ‘He wittily captures the psychology of the situation without actually showing many of the faces.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

psychology

/sīˈkäləjē/