Definition of psychology in US English:

psychology

noun

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

    • ‘How can we benefit from an understanding of cognitive science and evolutionary psychology?’
    • ‘Memetics is a scientific theory unifying biology, psychology, and cognitive science.’
    • ‘He studied Jungian and transpersonal psychology and took a special interest in allergic diseases.’
    • ‘Perhaps the other area of psychological science most relevant to camps is behavioral psychology.’
    • ‘He was going to study psychology and then counseling at some Christian school in Virginia.’
    • ‘There is a subdiscipline of psychology devoted to the study of individual differences, too.’
    • ‘These researchers draw their inspiration from the discipline of psychology and study behaviour in a quite detailed way.’
    • ‘The next section of the book focuses on clinical applications of psychology in criminal matters.’
    • ‘Qualitative inquiry embeds psychology in rich contexts of history, society, and culture.’
    • ‘The field of psychology should be articulating a broad vision of human beings not a reductive fragmentary one.’
    • ‘Hedonic psychology is the study of pleasant and unpleasant experiences.’
    • ‘Seligman's learned optimism is grounded primarily in the cognitive model of psychology.’
    • ‘She is senior editor of health psychology for the journal Social Science and Medicine.’
    • ‘I never did become a doctor, eventually studying physiology, psychology and philosophy at Oxford.’
    • ‘Priming paradigms are heavily used in many areas of cognitive psychology.’
    • ‘However he is more famous for his subsequent studies on reflexes and for laying the foundations of the field of behavioural psychology.’
    • ‘I would definitely recommend this book to students studying legal psychology as well as criminology.’
    • ‘In seven schools, students were required to study only psychology and multiculturalism.’
    • ‘He was so impressed that he went on to study psychology, neuro-linguistic programming and hypnotism.’
    • ‘He'd learnt in psychology that parental behaviour had a strong impact on the subconscious.’
    study of the mind, science of the mind, science of the personality, study of the mental processes
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    1. 1.1in singular The mental characteristics or attitude of a person or group.
      ‘the psychology of Americans in the 1920s’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In human psychology, paranoid aggression is usually an indicator of nervous insecurity.’
      • ‘Carlyle warms to his next theme: exploring the psychology and inner world of his character.’
      • ‘That's the difference between having ideas about what people do and really knowing the psychology from the inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The election, he must remind voters, is really about something more than the personalities, and the psychologies, of the two major candidates.’
      • ‘The toughest thing was finding a physicality, a psychology, a voice, for the character.’
      • ‘There are long biographical interludes on the major figures, but no sustained attempt to convey the psychology of the individuals.’
      • ‘Belarussian cinematography tends to focus on heroic and romantic genres, as well as the psychology of characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has interesting insights on the psychology of people drawn to this kind of procedure.’
      • ‘The hardest thing about playing Julie was dealing with the psychology of her fractured persona.’
      • ‘It comes back to the psychology of investors or people in general - everyone likes to back a winner and steer clear of a loser.’
      • ‘As with her use of subtext, Griffith is quite modern in her use of setting to shed light on the psychology of her characters.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, an understanding of psychological types opens the way to a better understanding of human psychology in general.’
      • ‘Puthenveed has analysed the psychology of most the biblical characters.’
      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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    2. 1.2in 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.’
      • ‘It may help you to increase your sales by understanding the psychology of purchasing and your part in that process.’
      • ‘The fact that he is red-green color blind prompted an interest in optics and the psychology of vision.’
      • ‘Few people understand the psychology of dealing with a highway traffic cop.’
      • ‘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

/saɪˈkɑlədʒi//sīˈkäləjē/