psychology, psychological science(noun)
the science of mental life
The study of the human mind.
The study of human behavior.
The study of animal behavior.
The mental, emotional, and behavioral characteristics pertaining to a specified person, group, or activity.
Origin: From psychologie, from psychologia, from + -logia.
the science of the human soul; specifically, the systematic or scientific knowledge of the powers and functions of the human soul, so far as they are known by consciousness; a treatise on the human soul
Origin: [Psycho- + -logy: cf. F. psychologie. See Psychical.]
Psychology is an academic and applied discipline that involves the scientific study of mental functions and behaviors. Psychology has the immediate goal of understanding individuals and groups by both establishing general principles and researching specific cases, and by many accounts it ultimately aims to benefit society. In this field, a professional practitioner or researcher is called a psychologist and can be classified as a social, behavioral, or cognitive scientist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of mental functions in individual and social behavior, while also exploring the physiological and neurobiological processes that underlie certain cognitive functions and behaviors. Psychologists explore concepts such as perception, cognition, attention, emotion, phenomenology, motivation, brain functioning, personality, behavior, and interpersonal relationships. Psychologists of diverse stripes also consider the unconscious mind. Psychologists employ empirical methods to infer causal and correlational relationships between psychosocial variables. In addition, or in opposition, to employing empirical and deductive methods, some—especially clinical and counseling psychologists—at times rely upon symbolic interpretation and other inductive techniques. Psychology has been described as a "hub science", with psychological findings linking to research and perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, and the humanities, such as philosophy.
The Roycroft Dictionary
The science of human minds and their relationship one to another.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The science dealing with the study of mental processes and behavior in man and animals.
British National Corpus
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The numerical value of psychology in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of psychology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- سيكولوجيا, علم النفسArabic
- psicologiaCatalan, Valencian
- Psychologie, SeelenkundeGerman
- روانشناسی, پسیکولوژیPersian
- psykologia, mielenlaatu, psyyke, eläinpsykologia, käyttäytymistiedeFinnish
- eòlas-inntinnScottish Gaelic
- サイコロジー, 心理, 心理学Japanese
- 심리, 심리학Korean
- mātauranga hinengaroMāori
- психоло́гија, психологијаMacedonian
- ilmu jiwa, psikologiMalay
- psychologie, zielkundeDutch
- ániʼ dóó ntsékees naalkaahNavajo, Navaho
- sikolohiya, dalubisipanTagalog
- ruh bilimi, psikolojiTurkish
- tâm lý họcVietnamese
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