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      n   pl   , -gies  
1    the scientific study of all forms of human and animal behaviour, sometimes concerned with the methods through which behaviour can be modified  
   See also       analytical psychology       clinical psychology       comparative psychology       educational psychology       experimental psychology  
2    Informal   the mental make-up or structure of an individual that causes him to think or act in the way he does  
  psychologist      n  

abnormal psychology  
      n   the study of behaviour patterns that diverge widely from generally accepted norms, esp. those of a pathological nature  
analytical psychology  
      n   a school of psychoanalysis founded by Jung as a result of disagreements with Freud  
   See also       archetype       collective unconscious  
clinical psychology  
      n   the branch of psychology that studies and treats mental illness and mental retardation  
cognitive psychology  
      n   the psychological study of higher mental processes, including thinking and perception  
comparative psychology  
      n   the study of the similarities and differences in the behaviour of different species  
constitutional psychology  
      n   a school of thought postulating that the personality of an individual is dependent on the type of his physique (somatotype)  
depth psychology  
      n     (Psychol)   the study of unconscious motives and attitudes  
dynamic psychology  
      n     (Psychol)   any system of psychology that emphasizes the interaction between different motives, emotions, and drives  
educational psychology  
      n   the study of methods of training and teaching and their effectiveness, and of the problems experienced in learning formal material; in particular, the study of how to help people, esp. school children, with learning problems to overcome their difficulties  
experimental psychology  
      n   the scientific study of the individual behaviour of man and other animals, esp. of perception, learning, memory, motor skills, and thinking  
Gestalt psychology  
      n   a system of thought, derived from experiments carried out by German psychologists, that regards all mental phenomena as being arranged in gestalts  
humanistic psychology  
      n   approach to psychology advocated by some that emphasizes feelings and emotions and the better understanding of the self in terms of observation of oneself and one's relations with others  
industrial psychology  
      n   the scientific study of human behaviour and cognitive processes in relation to the working environment  
occupational psychology  
      n     (Psychol)   the study of human behaviour at work, including ergonomics, selection procedures, and the effects of stress  
organizational psychology  
      n   the study of the structure of an organization and of the ways in which the people in it interact, usually undertaken in order to improve the organization  
physiological psychology  
      n   the branch of psychology concerned with the study and correlation of physiological and psychological events  
social psychology  
      n     (Psychol)   the area of psychology concerned with the interaction between individuals and groups and the effect of society on behaviour  
structural psychology  
      n   (formerly) a school of psychology using introspection to analyse experience into basic units  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    behaviourism, science of mind, study of personality  
2      (informal)   attitude, mental make-up, mental processes, thought processes, way of thinking, what makes one tick  

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